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Maharashtra orders more books on Modi than on Gandhi, Nehru for govt-run schools

The Maharashtra government has ordered nearly 1.5 lakh books on PM Narendra Modi, 1,635 on Jawaharlal Nehru and 4,343 on Mahatma Gandhi.

india Updated: Feb 13, 2018 18:34 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Mumbai
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The maximum number of books ordered by the Maharashtra government is on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The books are meant as extra reading for students between classes 1 and 8.(HT File Photo)

School students in Maharashtra will soon get to read about the various facets of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with the state education department ordering a purchase of nearly 1.5 lakh books on his life.

The order was placed last month and most of these books, meant for extra reading for students, will be delivered to state government-run schools by this month-end, a department official said.

“The order also includes purchase of books on the life of Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Dr BR Ambedkar but their number is less than the Modi books,” the official said.

In total 1,49,954 on Modi, 1,635 books on Nehru have been ordered, while 4,343 books on Gandhi and 79,388 books on Ambedkar have been ordered, as per the purchase order.

Also, 76,713 books on former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee have been ordered, the official said.

The books, in Marathi, Hindi, English and Gujarati, are being purchased under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), a programme for universalisation of elementary education, and will be kept as extra reading material for students from class 1 to 8, he said.

The state has also ordered 3,40,982 books on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, which is followed by books on former president APJ Abdul Kalam (3,21,328).

The official said that the books are being purchased from private publishers.

State education minister Vinod Tawde said, “An expert committee has recommended the books and the order has been placed according to these recommendations...There is transparency in the purchase method.”

First Published: Feb 13, 2018 18:33 IST