If all goes according to plan, each village and each school in India is set to have a library by the year 2020. This is the ambitious goal that the National Mission on Libraries, it is a proposal currently being finalised by the government, has set for itself.
The gargantuan project is expected to cost Rs 484 crores over a period of five years as estimated by the Union ministry of culture which is dealing with the mission. The ministry’s proposal has already got "in-principle"approval of the Planning Commission and is now awaiting the nod of the expenditure finance committee (EFC). Only after clearance by the EFC can the proposal be put before the Union Cabinet for final approval.