The four-day long “Bangabandhu and Swadhinata” book fair will be held across the country from Thursday.
Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's Birth Centenary Celebration National Implementation Committee in association with Cultural Affairs Ministry, Local Government Division of the LGRD Ministry and all district administrations will implement the fair marking the Mujib Year and the golden jubilee of independence.
State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid formally disclosed this while addressing a press conference at the conference room of the Department of Public Libraries in city's Shahbagh area.
The book fair will be held on the Department of Public Library premises in the capital and other divisional or district government public library premises across the country, he said.
A total of 70 publication houses from Dhaka district, 50 from divisional level and 30 others from district level will join the book fair.
"The book fair will play a vital role in building an enlightened and knowledge-based cultural society and the new generation will be enriched with the true history of the nation through it (book fair)," the state minister told the function as chief guest.
Chief Coordinator of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's Birth Centenary Celebration National Implementation Committee Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, Cultural Affairs Secretary M Abul Monsur, Additional Secretary Ashim Kumar Dey and Director General of the Department of Public Libraries Abu Bakar Siddique, among others, attended the conference.
Regarding the book fair, the chief coordinator of the national implementation committee said: "The book fair will help the young generation to acquire knowledge about the life and works of Bangabandhu."
The fair will continue till January 2. The Cultural Affairs Ministry has sanctioned around Taka 3 lakh for each district across the country for holding the book fair.