[LIS-Forum] Librarians approach Ashok Chavan for better salaries

Snehashree Rahalkar snehashree.rahalkar at gmail.com
Wed Jul 14 15:04:40 IST 2010

Snehashree Shriram Rahalkar.
Information Specialist,
Odyssey Capital Pvt. Ltd.
Worli, Mumbai-400018

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Librarians approach Ashok Chavan for better salaries
Linah Baliga / DNAWednesday, July 14, 2010 0:30 IST Email

 Mumbai: Most people imagine them as bespectacled, serious-looking
people who know exactly where that out-of-publication book is stashed
away in rows upon rows of moth-eaten wooden shelves. While the
stereotype may be true only to a degree, it is a certain fact that
librarians of government-aided libraries in the state are increasingly
feeling like the worn-out leaves of a book no one wants to read.

To make their presence felt, this disgruntled workforce will take out
a protest march to chief minister Ashok Chavan’s bungalow, Varsha, on
July 19. They are demanding better pay, and want the state frame a
library movement policy which clearly defines the methods and ways to
reach and educate villagers through the medium of books.

“We want our remuneration to be revised. We do not get salaries. There
are insufficient funds to buy new books. Ours is a thankless job, in
spite of us giving readers a perspective,” said Dr Ramesh Janmabandhu,
Maharashtra Rajya Granthalaya Sangha.

“Under the current circumstances, our work can be equated with social
work. We want to be on the government’s pay roll. We also want to
highlight various lacunae in the libraries. There are not enough
reading rooms, books or furniture to attract readers,” said Ashok
Khandle, a librarian.

Sunil Kubal, a librarian from Dadar Marathi Granthalaya, said, “Books
in all languages are now-a-days priced at Rs300, and grants are not
sufficient to buy them. We need double the grants. Our remuneration
has not been revised since five years. Our job involves not just
classification and cataloguing, but we personally deliver books at
senior citizen’s homes. We guide the jobless to read employment
newspapers,” he said.

Source: http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report_librarians-approach-ashok-chavan-for-better-salaries_
Snehashree Shriram Rahalkar.
Information Specialist,
Odyssey Capital Pvt. Ltd.
Worli, Mumbai-400018

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