Textbooks burnt at UP govt office
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.