Oxy Reading Zone floods with books from donors

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Sep 2017 11:47:43


By Partha Sarathi Behera,


Barely one and a half month have passed the campaign ‘Pustak Dan, Maha Dan’ was launched by Raipur district administration for its ambitious youth-oriented project - Oxy Reading Zone, but the response to the campaign has, so far, been overwhelming and outstanding with Central Library situated in the periphery of the Zone flooding with books from donors.

It seems there has been race among the intellectual community of the state contribute to the shelf of library lying vacant since long. Not only Chhattisgarh, donors from outside the state are also contributing to the library. Two months back, the library had only around 12,000 books,
including only 2,000 books received in the form of donation, but there is a sudden flow of books from donors since the campaign was launched in July.

Nearly 8000 books have so far been donated to the library taking the total to around 20000, said Nodal Officer Kedar Nath Patel and Librarian Madhuri Khalkho.
The Oxy Reading Zone, which is being developed under the supervision of visionary District Collector of Raipur O P Choudhary for providing a competitive atmosphere to youths aiming to crack various national level competitive examinations, has drawn attention of one and all, said Patel and Khalkho. “We have witnessed an increase in number of books by three-four times in the past one and half month. With books of diverse fields coming to the library, the library has witnessed a sudden rise in number of students and educated youth preparing for competitive examinations,” said Patel.

The library is not only receiving the books from urban people, but also from educated people of rural Chhattisgarh. Vedprakash Sahu from Simaria village of Dharsiva and Vikas Nayak from Mura village of Tilda are among the rural donors. It make you feel soothing to see that such a large number of youths visiting library every day to study books in the era of internet, said Patel.

Prominent donors in terms of number Raipur’s Neelam Jayantilal Chouhan (36 competitive books), Member of Parliament Ramesh Bais (82 books on constitution, reference), Dr B L Tiwari, IAS (500 books on medical and engineering), R K Shrivastav (65 books), Shashi Rao (749 books on heomoeo and ayurvedic), Veena Mishra (729 books on law), Dr Hemu Yadu (120 books on Archaeology), RMC deputy commissioner Soumya Chourasia (24 books), DPR additional director Swaraj Das (50 books) and Satish Agrawal from Janjgir (145 books) . Similarly, outsiders are Dr Preetam Ingle from Solapur in Maharashtra (15 medical books). Pukhraj Seva Samiti Raipur donated cheque bearing Rs 51000 to the library for books while Arang janpad panchayat president Pushpa Pintu donated Rs 11000 through cheque.