Jalandhar, April 8
Addressing the issue of exorbitantly priced curriculum books available only at a designated site for a particular school, Jalandhar Central Aam Aadmi party MP Raman Arora carried out a surprise check at a vacant hotel building on Adda Tanda Road on Friday here.
Accompanied by AAP leader and former MC adviser Amit Dhall, Arora said he checked out the place after receiving various complaints from parents. The parents told the deputy that during the parent-teacher meeting, they were given the contact number of this makeshift shop where they could buy books and notebooks. They said that since they got very expensive sets from this center, they tried to take two or three trips to Mai Hiran Gate (the city’s wholesale book market) to get the same books at competitive prices, but to no avail.
The parents told the deputy that the books prescribed by the school were only available at this centre, which charged them a lot. The deputy checked the receipts the parents had obtained and suspected tax evasion.
He called the staff of the GST office to carry out the necessary checks and file a case in the event of an infraction. He also found the books of the Punjab School Education Board stored in the same building and called the district education officer to find out why these books were there and whether the violations were committed by the school and the makeshift store.
Arora said that although the state government has repeatedly urged school authorities to give parents more relief when the new term begins and to remove the so-called monopoly on book sales, schools do not were apparently not bothered.
He said he was appalled that schools had even gotten special copies printed for school with the logo mentioned on its cover and instructions given to students and parents to only get those copies. . He said that at the parents’ request, he visited the site and called the officials, who would check for any violations and take action in accordance with the law.