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‘Probe use of funds by library council'

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KOCHI: The Rajiv Gandhi Study Circle has urged the government to hold a comprehensive inquiry into the use of funds by the State Library Council.

K. S. Radhakrishnan, former Vice-Chancellor of Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, and M. C. Dileep Kumar, State co-ordinator of the circle, said here on Wednesday that the government should also conduct a detailed audit of the accounts of the district library council development samithis.

Dr. Radhakrishnan alleged that the library council has become a platform for spreading Communist ideology.

Stating that the council was formed under the initiatives of famous men like P.N. Panikkar, he accused some were trying to de-stabilise the functions of the council by supporting anti-democratic moves against it. Dr. Radhakrishnan said that the library council development samithis have become bodies trying to function above the district library councils.

Dr. Kumar said that the authorities should not allow the library council development samithis to dictate terms to the libraries.

He said that the libraries were forced to purchase books from publishers prescribed by the samithis.

He said the presidents and secretaries of a few libraries in the district were forced to purchase books from certain publishers who participated in the book fair held here from April 21 to 23.

It also urged the authorities not to delay release of grants for libraries, which fail to purchase books from fairs organised by the library council development samithis.

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