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Ruling party leader Dahal insists on national book policy
Jan 13, 2019-
Nepal Communist Party chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ has pledged to do his best to formulate a national book policy and bring it into practice effectively.In his address at the fifth National Convention of Federation of Nepal Books and Stationery Business here today, he said the issue of publishing and distributing books should be a major concern of the State. He insisted that a policy with a broader concept was essential for the publication, printing and distribution of books. He added that special attention of the State was needed to achieve that goal.
Though customs is free in the import of books, high taxation in the purchase of printing materials from outside is a big concern, he said. The former Prime Minister also said that with the privatisation of the paper industry, books and stationeries started facing difficulty and became dependent on paper import. He acknowledged the fact that a nation would never be prosperous in the absence of the private sector, and suggested a public-private-cooperative model of development should be enforced effectively. This would help lessen import numbers and make Nepal independent.
Also speaking on the occasion, Nepali Congress spokesperson Bishwa Prakash Sharma applauded the contribution of book entrepreneurs in cultivating the culture of study. Stating that the NC was positive towards the development and promotion of private sector since the beginning and such effort would continue in the future as well.
The conference will conclude tomorrow, electing a new leadership for the Federation.
Published: 13-01-2019 08:12