Madhya Pradesh textbook body likely to veto recycling textbooks

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: May 05, 2015 22:50 IST

Madhya Pradesh Textbook Corporation is likely to voice out the difficulties in recycling school textbooks, before the National Green Tribunal (NGT) this month, sources said on Tuesday.

The corporation is expected to make some suggestions to the NGT on the draft proposal for recycling school textbooks and encouraging e-classrooms in the state.

The proposal aims to reduce the number of trees being cut for printing text books.

During a hearing of the case filed by Shrikant Kate on Tuesday, counsel for the state government Sachin Verma said the draft proposal was being analysed by the government.

Sachin Verma said the details of the draft policy and some suggestions would be provided by the managing director of Text Book Board of the state and the secretary of school education in the next hearing in the case on May 15.

He said both the officers were likely to suggest that recycling textbooks was not practical in all schools of the state, especially government schools.

The NGT had earlier directed the state government to consider the option of recycling textbooks and encourage e-classrooms and electronic blackboards.

The petitioner Shrikant Kate, who runs a book bank in Gwalior, had filed the case with the argument that printing text books each year led to several tonnes of paper being wasted and argued that several trees were cut for the books that were used year after year.

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