Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Friday asked all parents to start reading books so that they can cultivate the habit in their children.
He was speaking at the inauguration of the 42nd edition of Chennai Book Fair, organised by the Booksellers and Publishers Association of South India (BAPASI) at YMCA, Nandanam, on Friday. The event will go on till January 20.
There are 820 stalls and over 1.5 crore books across 12 lakh subjects. The fair will be open between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. on weekdays and between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. on weekends and public holidays. Speaking at the event, the CM said that the reading habit should be cultivated at a young age. “Children learn from what their parents practice, so all parents should start reading books,” he said.
There are 4,622 government libraries with 8.49 lakh members and books worth over ₹8 crore in the State.
S. Vairavan, President, BAPASI, also spoke at the event.