APP13-22 ISLAMABAD: November 22 – Advisor to PM for National History and Literary Heritage Irfan Siddiqui cutting the ribbon to inaugurate the National Book Foundation Readers Club’s membership ceremony. APP photo by Saeed-ul-Mulk

ISLAMABAD, Nov. 22 (APP): Advisor to the Prime Minister on National History and Literary Heritage Division Irfan Siddiqui on Tuesday inaugurated Readers Club Membership campaign for providing books on discounted rates to readers at National Book Foundation (NBF).

Addressing the inaugural ceremony, he said that efforts were being made for the promotion of book reading culture in the country.

He said, “This scheme will be a unique under which books will be provided on discounted rates to members across the country.”

Appreciating the role of Managing Director NBF for making this scheme practical, he said efforts made by the Managing Director must be a role model for others.

He said that funds would also be increased for the Readers Club scheme to facilitate more people in this regard. Such innovative schemes would also be introduced, he added.

Irfan Siddiqui said that efforts were in progress to set up NBF outlet at the university of Punjab and it would be discussed with the Vice Chancellor of the University.

Advisor to the Prime Minister said that a new scheme would also be initiated for the promotion of book reading among children and students.

Earlier, Managing Director NBF Prof. Dr. Inamul Haq Javeid said that Readers Club was one of the most public oriented book promotional activity attracting readers to buy books of their choice at half price.

“Besides, promoting reading habit, it encourages the overall book industry, help increasing literacy rate, create reasonable demand for good quality reading material and motivating young generation towards developing reading culture in the society,” he said.

The membership Card bearer would be entitle to purchase books of their choice from approved bookshops mentioned on the list of the NBP.

A number of people from different walks of life attended the inaugural ceremony of Readers club membership campaign.

The Members will be entitled to purchase books at 50% discounted
rate fro the bookstalls enlisted on the Panel of the Foundation. However, the NBF shall offer 55% discount to the members at its own outlets.”

“Membership Form can be obtained on payment of Rs. 10/= personally from the Incharge Readers Club at NBF bookshops across the country.

Membership form can also be downloaded from NBF’s website” he said.

A membership Card will be issued by the Club only after completion of all the formalities i.e. two latest photographs of size 1” x 1” and photocopy of National Identity Card.