Launching the India-2015 Reference Annual — published by the Publications Division of the Information & Broadcasting Ministry — Union I&B Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday said the publication reflected a great tradition of authentic and updated information on a variety of aspects of the country’s development.
He emphasised that books and other knowledge products presently in printed format ought to be made available through digital medium in view of the shift in technology paradigms.
“Now that mediums are available and they are very low cost mediums… and there is no reason why these mediums should not be utilised and what material we have should be available should be available to the world at large,” the minister said. He added that there could not be better document than the India Reference Annual for anyone wanting information about the country.
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Speaking at the launch, I&B Secretary Bimal Julka said an e-version of this reference book would also soon be brought out and from next year, the e-book will be launched simultaneously with the hard copy version. Julka said the I&B Ministry was now looking at creating a pool of translators so that in the coming years it is able to bring out this reference book in regional languages also. He added that print order of this book had risen from 30,000 earlier to nearly one and half lakh now.
Jaitley further said he had suggested to the Defence Ministry to come out with an official documentation of the country’s war history. “We are one of the few countries which do not have a formal documentation of our war history,” he said.