Guwahati: To inspire the locals to read books, people in Tawang town of Arunachal Pradesh have built a community library out of an old dilapidated government structure.
The young generation of the town, which is situated at the Indio-China border, believes that the pen is mightier than the sword and so they come with this innovative idea.
Chief minister Pema Khandu came forward to praise the students for their Nobel hard work.
Khandu in his tweet added the pictures of the library and wrote, “Students from #Tawang worked together to build this beautiful #CommunityLibrary. The entire construction work of reinforcing, shuttering, carpentry, masonry, roofing etc were all done by students. Due to hardworking environment, average youths here possess such work skills,” as quoted by The New Indian Express.
The entire work was completed in 40 days under the watchful eyes of All Tawang District Students’ Union (ATDSU). According to reports, students from around 15 universities, schools and college came forward to help in completing the work.
A student leader and the incharge of the library construction committee Pema Tsering said, “Tawang being a remote district, books are a rarity here. We also observed that not many people read books these days. So, we wanted to inspire them to get back to their reading habit and develop it among youth.”
The construction of the library cost around 6.5 lakh, the library is half concrete and half wooden and its roofing has been done with CGI sheets.
“We spent from the union’s fund and received assistance from well-wishers. We had approached people for help. As work progressed, help started pouring in,” Tsering said.
“We have no doubt the youth will get inspired and develop the habit of reading books. We will hand the library over to the state’s education department for its better management,” he added.
It has been decided to name the library after the former chief minister, the late Dorjee Khandu as a tribute to him for his contribution to the state of Arunachal Pradesh.
Picture Credit: The New Indian Express