In a first-of-its kind venture, Delhi Police has partnered with the National Book Trust to organise the three- day book fair and augment ties with residents of the locality.
The fair will be inaugurated by Congress MP Sandeep Dixit and will witness a host of activities over the next three days, including storytelling sessions and workshops on presenting a stories through dance and drama.
The activities are primarily aimed at children and to promote the culture of reading and expressing in them.
"It was a joint idea of Delhi Police and NBT.
We thought to do it as a social commitment to the people of the area. This also indicates how police is changing over time and is trying to increase confidence with the people," Assistant Director of National Book Trust, Rakesh Kumar said.
Thousands of books from all major publishers associated with the Indian government, including Bal Bhawan, Sahitya Akademi, National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language, and Ghalib Academy, will be displayed at the serene compound of Urs Mahal, adjoining the Chausath Khamba monument.
The books will be offered at a special discount of 25 per cent.
The book fair is as much an attempt to disseminate reading culture among people, especially among the section of slum dwellers, low income groups and children of marginalised sections, as to create an atmosphere of mutual trust and cooperation among resident welfare association and local police.