Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: Once implemented, the Kannada “Pustaka Neeti” (book policy) will bring in drastic changes in the design, production and marketing of Kannada books, chairman of the Kannada Book Authority and poet Siddalingiah has said.

Prof. Siddalingaiah was speaking at a function organised by KBA, Department of Public Libraries, the Karnataka Publishers' Association and the Federation of Kannada Lecturers' Association at Bangalore University to mark the 15 {+t} {+h} World Book Day on Friday.

Prof. Siddalingiah said that the KBA had been giving due importance to the translation of important works in other languages besides giving impetus to the book publication.

Ramadas Bhatkal of the Mumbai-based Popular Publications said that the reported proposals on the nationalisation of textbooks would not augur well although the State governments had their infrastructure in the publication sector.

Director of the Department of Public Libraries S.B. Hondadakeri, president of the Karnataka Publishers' Association Ramakantha Joshi and Karigowda Beechanahalli of the Kannada University, Hampi, spoke.

Mukundan of the KBA welcomed the gathering.