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Erstwhile Bombay state came into being as Maharashtra State on 1st May, 1960. The State occupies the second largest state in India in respect of population (9.69 crores) and area (3,07,713 Sq.kms.) The percentage of literacy (2001) is 77 and the highest percentage of literacy (2001- in Brihanmumbai) is 87. Historically Maharashtra falls in three regions, Western Maharashtra, Vidarbha and Marathwada and as on today consists of 6 Revenue Divisions, 35 Revenue Districts, 353 Talukas and 43,722 Villages. About 70 percent of the people in Maharashtra depend on Agriculture. Total annual budget of Maharashtra state for the year 2009-10 is Rs. 1,15,990.67 Crores.
    The total revenue expenditure on General Education is Rs. 19,283.96 crores and the total budgetary provision for the public libraries in the State is about Rs. 73.10 Crores.
Directorate of Public Libraries comes under administrative control of Higher and Technical Education Department, Govt. of Maharashtra. As per provisions in The Maharashtra Public Libraries Act 1967 Directorate came in to existence on 2nd May 1968, Directorate of Libraries having today 35 offices with 421 staff. It includes

Head Quarter of Directorate 1  
State Central Library 1  
Divisional Libraries 6  
Reference Library 1  
District Libraries 20  
Divisional Asstt. Directorate Office 6  
Total 35 with Total staff: 421

- Total Recognized Grant-in-aid Public Libraries the in State are-9624
- Total Budget for 2009-10 is Rs. about - 73 Crore

Comparatively Maharashtra is making highest budgetary provision for grant-in-aid to Public Libraries than any other State.