Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, while addressing the opening ceremony of the 21st edition of the North East Book Fair on November 1st, 2019, appealed the youth of the state to cultivate the reading habit and preserve local languages.
“To generate the culture of reading among children, it is essential to make the libraries well-equipped. I urge all school and college authorities to maintain a library and create a reading movement across the state (sic),” Sonowal said.
While stressing the need to strengthen the libraries across the state, the CM said, “Books are an integral part of life. It enhances knowledge.”
The fair, which has begun today in a befitting manner at the Assam Engineering Institute playground at Chandmari in Guwahati, will conclude on November 12th, 2019.
The Vice-President of India M Venkaiah Naidu, who graced the opening ceremony as Chief Guest, inaugurated the fair. Naidu, while addressing on the occasion, highlighted the importance of reading and the need for keeping alive the rich legacy of our languages.
The VP presented the ‘Vaishnav Sachichandra Borbaruah’ award to Sadin-Pratidin group managing director Jayanta Baruah.
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