The Society for the Promotion of Public Libraries has made a fervent appeal to the public sector undertakings such as the Visakhapatnam port, Vizag steel plant, and HPCL to spend a substantial portion of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) scheme funds for improving public libraries and also private libraries being run by NGOs.
Talking to media persons here on Wednesday, the society president and retired manager of library in steel plant P.S.N Murthy said the PSUs and private companies could spend two per cent of their profits under the CSR. Education was one of the important areas covered under the CSR and whatever spent on the improvement of public libraries came under the category. But unfortunately, there was little awareness of the aspect, he noted. Announcing that Prof. Kaula Endowment for Library and Information Sciences would organise a seminar on the issue – ‘CSR and public libraries' - at Visakha Public Library in the city on October on 16 and 17, he urged all the local PSUs, private companies and others to participate in it. Most of the public libraries were in a state of neglect in Andhra Pradesh, as most of the local bodies were not spending library cess for their improvement, he lamented. Mr. Murthy appreciated the Visakhapatnam port trust for donating Rs.50 lakhs and the Vizag steel plant for giving Rs.10 lakhs to the Visakha public library for building construction.