The recent hike in petrol prices was imminent. Over 80% of the consumption in the country is met by importing oil from other countries,still the government gives a subsidy on it by paying through its own coffers, said the Member of Parliament and Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Water Resources Pawan Kumar Bansal on the sidelines of a function of the Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi on Sunday.
He also announced a grant of up to Rs 20 lakh from Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme funds to revive the Chandigarh Book Fair,which was once an annual event in the city.
He asked the UT Advisor to the administrator K K Sharma,who was also present at the event,to initiate the process of revival of the book fair to promote the culture of reading among youngsters. He said in the era of e-books,online reading and internet,the pleasure of holding a book and flipping through the pages also needs to be revived.
Bansal who was the chief guest,said,Intellect and politics are oxymoron. In a lighter vein he said,addressing the audience,comprising writers,authors and artiste,that if tomorrow you decided to become politicians,then you were sure to lose your intellect.
Professor Manju Jaidka,chairperson of the Akademi,presented the annual report.
On the occasion,books written by eight city-based writers were released by the minister.