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Publishers flay book purchase policy

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  19 Jan 2018 12:00 AM GMT

By our Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Jan 18: The All Assam Publishers and Book Sellers’ Association (AAPBSA) has said that the recent announcement of purchasing books worth Rs 2 lakh by each of the colleges in the State during the Guwahati Book Fair is nothing but an eyewash.

Talking to newsmen in Guwahati on Thursday, Association general secretary Dhiraj Goswami said: “Even after the conclusion of the book fair, books worth Rs 6 crore is being supplied to the colleges. Is the amount from the Education Minister’s pocket or from the State exchequer? This is in fact a scheme meant for selling books of the minister’s relatives and their colleagues. Why doesn’t the minister know as to how much money is needed for the purchase of books for the students of HS classes? The minister should let the people of the State know as to what books with Rs 5,000/6,000 the department is going to buy. We’re not against supply of books to students free of cost. What we want is free distribution of books to students from Class IX so that publishers/sellers are not deprived of their market.”

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