GUWAHATI, Sept 26 - A whopping Rs 1.60 crore was spent by the State government to procure books on biographical account of RSS ideologue and Bharatiya Jana Sangh co-founder Deendayal Upadhyay. The books were distributed among various libraries, educational and other institutions of the State.
Significantly, the government has no plan to procure similar books of any other personalities, including those from the State.
Stating this in a written reply to an Assembly question by Opposition leader Debabrata Saikia, Cultural Affairs (only Library and Archeology matters) Minister Keshab Mahanta said that the State government has bought 4,000 copies of a 15-volume book on Upadhyay, amounting to total 60,000 copies. The books on Upadhyay have been procured by the Directorate of Library Service, on advice of the Cultural Affairs Department.
An amount of Rs 1.6 crore was spent for buying these 60,000 copies, which were procured from New Delhi-based Prabhat Prakashan.
The books have been supplied to different libraries and educational and other institutions across the State, the minister added. He added that there is no proposal to procure such autobiographical books on any other personalities.