No rare work of Tagore, Netaji missing: National Library

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New Delhi, Aug 5 (UNI) Kolkata's National Library Director-in-charge Dr R Ramachandran today denied that rare works of Rabindranath Tagore, Netaji Subhash Bose or Sarojini Naidu had been stolen from the library.

The clarification comes in the wake of a report in a leading daily which said a collection of Tagore's early works, letters of Netaji, manuscripts of Sarat Chandra and Bibhuti Bhushan Bandopadhaya, have been untraceable.

Dr Ramachandran said the Rare Books Division of the library maintains catalogues of its holdings which is the necessary record of the collection. No departure has been found between the records and actual collection.

He said 'not found' books do not mean that books are stolen or missing. ''Some books are misplaced while some other are unfit for use. So these books could not be issued to readers when requisitions are placed.

It is also to be noted that in big libraries 'not found' is not an uncommon phenomenon,'' he pointed out.

He also emphasised that there were no financial irregularities in procuring books or serials. ''The Library follows Rule 116 of Government of India General Financial Rules (GFR) on prevalent terms and conditions from the reputed and standard book-sellers,'' he said.


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