New Delhi : There six Public Libraries functioning under Ministry of Culture namely National Library, Kolkata, Central Reference Library, Kolkata, Central Secretariat Library, New Delhi, Delhi Public Library, Delhi, Khuda Bakhsh Oriental Public Library, Patna and Rampur Raza Library, Rampur.
Library is a State subject and public Libraries in States/Union Territories function under the administrative control of the respective State/Union Territory authority. However, Raja Rammohun Roy Library Foundation, Kolkata, an autonomous organization under Ministry of Culture provides financial assistance to public libraries under its ‘Matching Schemes of Assistance to Public Libraries’ towards increasing Accommodation on the basis of applications recommended by the respective State Library Authorities.
This Ministry operates National Mission on Libraries Scheme. Under the subcomponent of “Up-gradation of Infrastructure”, financial assistance is provided for infrastructural development in one (1) State Central Library and one (1) District Library in participating States/UTs.
This information was given by Minister of Culture, Tourism & Development of North Eastern Region G. Kishan Reddy in Lok Sabha today.