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Dept to ease library book supply rules for publishers

Dept to ease library book supply rules for publishers

Sanjeev Singh Bariana

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 11

The Education Department is in the process of easing guidelines for publishers to supply library books to the schools.  

Earlier, the department had sought books worth Rs 5.22 crore “only in art paper and in the 8x11 size with coloured texts” for primary and upper primary classes — a move which, by default, disqualifies the majority of publishers from supplying the books. 

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister’s office has also sought a report from the Education Department. Opposing the move, the Punjab Publishers’ Association had complained to the department that it was not possible for the publishers to follow the government’s “extra large book size” condition. It also questioned the government’s move of limiting the cost of the book(s) to Rs 200 and deadline of June 30. It claimed that the deadline does not provide them enough time to meet government specifications. 

“None of the publishers dealing in children literature print books in the size sought by the department. The decision smells of a scam,” said Gurmannat Singh, secretary, Punjab Publishers’ Association. 

Uproar over government conditions came a few days before the Cabinet reshuffle in which Education Minister OP Soni was replaced with Vijay Inder Singla. However, an internal probe by the department found that “Soni had no role in drafting conditions for publishers”.  

Confirming the department’s new plan, Krishan Kumar, Secretary (School Education), said, “The fixed size of 8x11 seems unreasonable...we will allow flexibility. As far as deadline is concerned, we will be extending it to July 31. Besides, we will try to get colourful books for students of primary classes.”

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