Islamabad - First-ever Braille book corner named as Gosha-i-Noor was inaugurated at National Library of Pakistan on Thursday.

The inauguration marked the birthday celebrations week of Louis Braille, inventor of Braille system for visually impaired persons. Advisor to Prime Minister on National History and Literary Heritage Irfan Siddiqui inaugurated the corner.

On the occasion, Siddiqui said that access to knowledge was the right of every human being, adding that the government would make all out efforts to ensure provision of this right to all the people, especially persons with disabilities to protect them from any sense of deprivation. He said that any kind of disability could not stop courageous and committed people from moving forward in their lives and achieving their goals.

Siddiqui said that more than 60 Braille books including copies of Holy Quran have been placed in the corner while the number of books would be increased gradually.

He said that computers with latest relevant software and other necessary material would be placed in the corner by end of the current financial year.

The advisor lamented that the NLP had not been given funds for upgrading its facilities during the last three decades.

However, in the current budget, an amount of Rs115 million had been allocated for the National Library, he revealed.