Tribune press service
Shimla, August 4
Publishers today held a protest outside the Vidhan Sabha against allegations of irregularities and corruption in the purchase of books by the State Department of Education under the Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan.
âWe have reported serious irregularities in the purchase of books under Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan by the state education department and there has been an impasse between the government and the publishers in the past two months and the publishers have been forced to protest today.
The call for gherao was made by north-central editors Sangh and Akhil Bhartiya Hindi Prakashak Sangh. Famous editor of Raipur Satya Prakash Singh led the stir. The editors also met with local writers and leaders and briefed them on suspected irregularities in the department.
Sanjay Sharma, a publisher from Delhi, alleged that the Education Ministry planned to give work to eight companies registered at the same address and this was reported to the project director and the education secretary, but nothing did not happen. Even the Minister of Education did not take the matter seriously.
Vani Prakashak’s Arun Maheshwari said the Education Department should refrain from giving work to three or four groups ignoring quality books published by other renowned publishers.
Publishers are prepared to give a 35% discount, but the government only wants a 10% discount, which raises suspicions, Satya Prakash Singh said.
Uttar Pradesh’s main publisher Vibhore Aggrawal said it was the first time that no books had been selected from major publishing centers in Allahabad, Kanpur, Agra and Varanasi.