Text­books burnt at UP govt of­fice

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY - @times­group.com

Greater Noida: Bun­dles of text­books, in­clud­ing those meant for free dis­tri­bu­tion to chil­dren of eco­nom­i­cally weaker sec­tions (EWS), were set on fire at the of­fice of as­sis­tant ba­sic shik­sha adikari (ABSA) in Je­war on Fri­day.

Most burnt books had an RTE logo printed on them. Books un­der the name of “Ganit (Math­e­mat­ics)” with sub­ti­tle read­ing “for free dis­tri­bu­tion” were half­burnt. Other books in­cluded the “Nai Ki­ran: Part 1and 2”. The in­ci­dent oc­curred on Fri­day morn­ing when the staff were clean­ing the govern­ment school in the ABSA of­fice premises. The ABSA of­fice ad­joins the of­fice of sub-di­vi­sional mag­is­trate, Je­war.

Though waste burn­ing in the open is a clear vi­o­la­tion of guide­lines of the NGT, which had im­posed a fine of Rs 25,000 on each case of waste burn­ing in open, of­fi­cials had no sat­is­fac­tory re­ply when con­fronted with pho­to­graphs from the spot.

When con­tacted, SDM, Je­war, Ra­j­pal Singh said he has sought a writ­ten re­ply from the of­fice of ba­sic shik­sha ad­hikari on the mat­ter. “We’ll send a re­port to the DM who will de­cide whether a dis­ci­plinary or a de­part­men­tal ac­tion be taken in the case,” Singh told TOI.

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