Language Department
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Library Facilities in All Assembly Constituencies in the areas of Weaker Section of the Society provided by NGOs

In the year 1994, a decision was taken to set up minimum one library in each of 70 Assembly Constituencies for the benefit of weaker section of the society. This scheme was approved by the working group in the Planning Commission. Subsequently it was decided to have minimum one library and maximum two in each Assembly Constituency. The object of the scheme is to inculcate reading habits amongst the deprived community in general and children in particular.

These libraries are being opened and operated through Non-Government Organisations. Under this scheme, the Language Department after identifying the agencies provides Grant-in-Aid @ Rs. 1.03 Lakhs annually for purchase of books, furniture etc. This assistance is continued for a period of 5 years to augment the existing library books, replacement of old and broken furniture. After the completion of 5 years a grant of Rs. 20,000/- will be given for maintenance, purchase of Newspapers and periodicals.
At present 55 libraries are being run by the NGOs, out of which 15 libraries are likely to complete their 5 years term by the end of year 2002-2003. The remaining 40 libraries will also be completing their term during the year 2002-2007. It is also proposed to add 29 more libraries during the Xth Five Year Plan @ 6 libraries in each year. The total expenditure is estimated to the tune of Rs. 175.00 Lakhs.

Grant -in-Aid to Raja Ram Mohan Roy Library Foundation under Matching Scheme:-

This scheme has been devised by Govt. of India with a view to promote and support library movement in the country by providing adequate library services and developing reading habits all over the country. Assistance and corporation of the State Government/Union Territories is required to achieve the objectives of this scheme.

General Rules & Procedure for Matching Scheme:-

Assistance is provided on matching basis in which share being 50-50 between the Foundation and a State Govt. or a Union Territory Administration. To avail assistance from the Foundation each State Govt. or Union Territory Administration is required to contribute funds to the Foundation. The extent of contribution and assistance will by regulated by the Foundation from time to time.

This scheme was introduced for the first time in the year 1999-2000 under the Plan Head. The Finance Department sanctioned a sum of Rs. 5.00 Lakhs. However this amount was enhanced to Rs. 30.00 Lakhs during the year 2002-2003. A separate budget head A-4(6)(5) Grant-in-Aid to Raja Ram Mohan Roy Foundation has also been allotted by the Finance (Budget) Department. During the Xth Five Year Plan (2002-2007), it is proposed to provide 200 Lakhs @ Rs. 40.00 Lakhs each year.

The cases will be recommended to Raja Ram Mohan Roy Library Foundation, Calcutta to provide computers for computerisation of libraries being run by NGO's in various Assembly Constituencies under non-matching schemes.

Official Language Bill 2000:-

With the introduction of Official Language Act of 1963 revised to 1967 and subsequent introduction of the Delhi Official Language Bill 2000 and its passage by the Delhi Legislative Assembly of the National Capital has bestowed more responsibilities for the promotion and development of two regional languages viz. Urdu and Punjabi. The Financial Memorandum of the Bill No. 1 of 2000 envisages an annual expenditure of Rs. 14.65 Lakhs or say Rs. 15.00 Lakhs including equipments. The bill has been referred to Govt. of India and is awaiting approval. Therefore token provision of Rs. 5.00 Lakhs has been made in the first year of the Xth Five Year Plan and full provision has been proposed from 2nd year of the Plan onwards.

Construction of Building for all Language Academies & Sahitya Kala Parishad:-

At present all Language Academies viz. Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, Sanskrit and Sindhi Academies and Sahitya Kala Parishad are scattered in different parts of Delhi.

In case of Urdu Academy which was housed in barracks at main Ring Road, Opposite Raj Ghat & Shanti Van has been shifted as per the decision taken by the Ministry of Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation. Hindi, Punjabi and Sindhi Academies are housed in community centres in J.J. Clusters. The environment surrounding these Academies is not conducive for development and expansion of these Academies. The Sahitya Kala Parishad is housed in an Institutional Area in South Delhi beyond the reach of common man. It has therefore been decided that all these Academies including Sahitya Kala Parishad be brought under one roof. The total requirement of these institutions works out to be 50,000 sq. ft. A multi storey Building is proposed to be constructed which will house common facilities such as Library, a Museum, Art Gallery, Auditorium, Committee Rooms etc. A token provision of Rs. 500 Lakhs is being made for purchase of land measuring 5 Acres in the first year of Xth Five Year Plan. For construction of building a provision of Rs. 6000.00 Lakhs is being proposed to be segregated Rs. 1500.00 Lakhs each year. The total capital involved would be Rs. 6500.00 Lakhs.

Financial Assistance/ Land Allotment to NGO's/ Individuals/institutions:-

The cases received for Financial Assistance/ Land Allotment to NGO's/ Individuals/institutions are recommended by the language department and reffered to HRD/Land & Building/DDA.

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