The month-long Amar Ekushey Book Fair is going to begin on February 1 next like traditional ways as the COVID-19 pandemic situation is relatively tolerable as of now, reports BSS.
The Bangla Academy authorities have by now a decision to continue the book fair up to the stipulated time of February 28, the period till that, the fair is usually held every year.
The authorities have already taken elaborate programmes to make success the fair coinciding with the theme “Bangabandhu er Jonmo Shotoborsho ebong Swadhinotar Suborno Joyonti (Birth Centenary of Bangabandhu and Golden Jubilee of the Independence)”.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to inaugurate the Amar Ekushey Book Fair, said Director of Bangla Academy and Member Secretary of Ekushey Book Fair Committee Jalal Uddin Ahmed.
He expected that the book fair will be held successfully.
He said all pragmatic steps were taken to organise a giant programme on fair premises marking the Birth Centenary of Father of Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the Golden Jubilee of Bangladesh’s Independence.
Jalal Uddin also urged all concerned including visitors to maintain the proper health guidelines in book fair.
He said necessary steps are being taken by the Bangla Academy to follow strict hygiene rules considering the ‘Omicron Covid variant’ so that the book-lovers can come and roam safely.
“Last year, a total of 460 publishing houses participated in the book fair and they will also take part in the book fair again,” he continued.
About the facilities given to the publishers, Jalal Uddin said they (publishers) will be able to pay rent of stall at fair through installments.
“They will enjoy such opportunity for the first time,” he said.
He further said that the January 5 deadline for paying stall rent has been extended.
Mentioning that publishers paid the rent of the stalls at the end of November last year, Jalal Uddin said but this time, payment dateline has been extended for the benefit of the publishers.
Bangladesh Publisher and Book Sellers Association (BAPUS) Chief Advisor Osman Gani underscored the need for taking year-based comprehensive plan for the book fair as it is touted as globally recognized event.
He, also the publisher of Agamee Prakashani, lauded the affection of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina towards books and literature saying: “I have seen the sincerity of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina regarding books. I have published fifteen books of her.”
He sought combined efforts of all concerned so that the publishers could get more facilities in the book fair.