SHC orders Sindh govt to set up digital library
Statesman Report
KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) gave the order for a digital library to be set up in the province while hearing a plea pertaining to the establishment of electronic libraries in Sindh.
A single bench, comprising Justice Salahuddin Panhwar, directed the deputy commissioners of all 14 districts to submit reports regarding the use of library funds and summoned libraries director-general and culture department secretary in a personal capacity at the next hearing.
A report about the finance department and technical education has been presented before the court, which stated that while there were only 21 libraries operational under the culture department, enough staff for 175 libraries was present. The report added that the funds were issued for all the libraries, but none of them were used for the purpose.
The court sought a report regarding the current situation of libraries in Sindh within 10 days, warning the relevant authorities of contempt proceedings otherwise.
The court also summoned the Sindh Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority managing director, Benazir Bhutto Shaheed University of Technology and Skill Development Khairpur vice-chancellor and registrar at the next hearing.
Moreover, the court directed the authorities concerned to immediately issue the funds for Shamsul Ulma Daud Pota Library and submit a quarterly report regarding the Sindhiana Encyclopedia.
Further, the court also sought a report about the removal of the names of famous personalities from the roads, parks and libraries and directed to restore them.
The court further directed the Sindh chief secretary and relevant authorities to reserve funds for the establishment of electronic libraries in the budget of the current fiscal year. The hearing was adjourned till August 10.