IGP recommends opening bookstores
Wed, Sep 22, 2021, 10:48 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
Sept 22, Colombo: Inspector General of Police (IGP) C.D. Mr. Wickramaratne has requested the Director General of Health Services to allow bookstores to remain open in compliance with the health guidelines imposed by the Government during the travel restriction period and under the supervision of Public Health Inspectors.
The IGP has made this recommendation following a written request made by the Secretary of the Sri Lanka Book Publishers Association, Samantha Indeewara Samarasinghe.
The Book Publishers’ Association points out that the book publishing industry is in dire straits as the country has had to close its bookstores from time to time for a year and a half. Despite the continued closure of bookstores, employees’ salaries, allowances as well as building rent need to be paid, the Association has pointed out.
The Publishers’ Association says the continued closure of bookstores has also adversely affected the education of school children. The letter explains that children are not able to engage in online education without the necessary books.
In view of this, the IGP has requested the Director General of Health Services to recommend that bookstores be kept open for the purchase of books required to enhance the knowledge of school children.