After the announcement of fresh lockdown countywide today, Bangla Academy is now awaiting a decision from the government about the ongoing book fair.
“We are waiting for the government’s instructions on whether the book fair will continue or not. Under the direction of the government, the book fair has been held amid the coronavirus pandemic .Now we will follow the decision of the government. Bangla Academy has no its own decision in this regard,” Poet Habibullah Siraji, Director General of Bangla Academy, said on Saturday (April 3).
When asked, Osman Gani, the proprietor of Agami Prokashoni, said, “We have nothing to do with whatever the government decides. However, it is unfortunate that the publishers did not get any incentive during this pandemic period. On top of that, the book fair started late and has been rescheduled two or three times. The authority closed the book fair at 6:30 pm although all the markets, courts and offices were open. But now, fresh lockdown has been announced across the country. What to do now?”
Khandakar Sohel, proprietor of Bhashachitra Prokashoni, said, “The economic backbone of ordinary publishers has been completely broken. All trades were closed for a whole year due to coronavirus. Although the book fair started late, there was much discrimination. The book fair was closed at 6:30 pm where all places were open. This is very unfortunate.”
Mentionable, the entire country went into a fresh lockdown from Monday (April 5) due to the rising trend of coronavirus cases and deaths in the country.