Publishers have asked to reduce booth prices during the Ekushey Boi Mela as they are in financial difficulty due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
The epidemic brought the publishing industry down unexpectedly. Bangla Academy authorities are expected to reduce booth prices given the financial situation of publishers, publishers said on Monday during an exchange of views program at Bangla Academy hosted by Bangladesh’s Gyan O Srijonshil Prokashak Samity.
Last year, authorities at Bangla Academy reduced the tariff by 50% from the previous year.
Samity also placed an 11-point request which includes keeping the book fair open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., allocating all booths to Suhrawardy Udyan, building separate doors for publishers and writers, providing special facilities to quality publishing houses and involving their representatives in decision-making.
Bangla Academy Director General Mohammad Nurul Huda, who was present as the main guest of the program, said he agreed with 80% of the proposals, adding that “I will do my best to provide financial support to publishers. At the same time, I have a plan to build a permanent structure for the book fair. ”
Notorious cultural figure Ramendu Majumder was present as a special guest and said the government should spend the entire amount allocated for the fair. He also suggested that the publishers organize the book fair, as the Bangla Academy cannot properly run its daily activities due to its extra duties at the fair.
Urging publishers to print quality books to help educate the next generation, Dr Muhammad Zafar Iqbal said: âI usually collect a lot of books written by young writers at the fair, but get frustrated after reading some pages because the writings are very weak I don’t know why the publishers publish these books.
Bangladesh Gyan O Srijonshil Prokashak Samity Executive Director Monirul Haque said publishers were printing creative and other good quality books, but these had yet to be sold.
“We want the government to buy our books for educational institutions and offices, which will be of great help to us. The Ministry of Primary and Mass Education can play an important role in this regard,” he said. he added.
Bangladesh Gyan O Srijonshil Prokashak Samity President Farid Ahmed presided over the ceremony.