Govind M. Karjol, Minister for Kannada and Culture, on Friday said the government would release Rs. 2 crore for setting up libraries in government hostels and residential schools and for purchasing Kannada books.

Inaugurating a programme organised by the Kannada Book Authority (KBA) here, Mr. Karjol said KBA chairperson Siddalingaiah had sought Rs. 5 crore for this purpose and the government would release Rs. 2 crore in the next two days. He also said the government would set up two Ambedkar Cultural Centres in the State and Rs. 5 crore would be released for it soon.

Promoting reading

The Minister said that the government was doing its best to promote the culture of reading among the youth. He appealed to Mr. Siddalingaiah to purchase Kannada books in Braille brought out by the KBA for government libraries and blind schools.

Speaking on the occasion, Basavaraj, Secretary, Kannada and Culture, said that reading culture was a casualty in the changed cultural scenario.