According to an official release here, libraries are barn of knowledge and they help people a lot in gaining knowledge and education.
Quoting former Chief Minister C N Annadurai, the release said, 'We can call ourselves enlightened only when people come forward to build reading room along with pooja, kitchen and bed rooms, while constructing new houses.'
It added: 'Having in mind that conditions of libraries need to be improved, the Chief Minister has ordered to upgrade 96 rural libraries as branch libraries. She also ordered to appoint 96 third grade librarians at a payscale of Rs 5,200---20,000, besides special pay of Rs 500.'
The release also said that Jayalalithaa ordered to upgrade 160 part time libraries as rural libraries. She also ordered to appoint 160 rural librarians to run the facilities, at a payscale of Rs 2,500---5,000, besides special pay of Rs 500.
The release expressed hope that the above move by the Chief Minister would help people all over the State to gain knowledge.
Jayalalithaa has been taking various steps to improve the skill sets of the people of Tamilnadu, especially students.
As soon as coming back to power last year, she doled out free laptops scheme to students, even as experts opined that the move would help in promoting e-literacy in the State.
'The laptop scheme will surely improve IT penetration and literacy in the state,' said Manufacturers' Association for Information Technology president Sandeep Nair. 'It will also go a long way in creating IT-literate talent,' he added.
Also, to help students of ITIs where they get technical education, Jayalalithaa proposed providing free bicycles to over 21,000 beneficiaries studying in State-run Industrial Training Institutes.
The Chief Minister allocated Rs 6.36 crore for providing bicycles 'free of cost,' considering the fact that a large number of students in ITIs hailed from economically poor background, an official release said.