State Textbook Corporation goes a step ahead
NEVER JUDGE a book from its cover goes an old adage. And if the publisher happens to be MP State Textbook Corporation one should be more careful. Known for the misprints, this year the Corporation has gone a step further and has provided books for two classes in just one.
This reporter is in possession of two such books sold by a reputed shop in the City. The covers say book on a particular subject while the pages inside has something else.
The first eight pages of Special Hindi for class IX contain Civics meant for class VIII, after which the Hindi chapters begins. But that is only up to page no 82. The last four pages of the book return to Civics lesson for class VIII.
Similarly, the first eight pages of Social Science book for class IX has initial pages of English Reader of class VIII and from page nine Social Science pages take over.
The bookseller had ordered for 2,000 books for standard IX, VIII and VII of which 100 books for class IX had such misprints and errors.
The shop owner, who wished not be identified, said he got jittery on finding the seal ‘free distribution and not for sale’ printed on a few books. He destroyed the whole consignment suffering monetary loss in this action.
Though the books were sent to him by the government agency, he destroyed them out of fear that he might be prosecuted for possessing books meant for free distribution and not for sale in the open market.
Corporation depot manager (Indore), BD Aurora while admitting such lapses said, “such mistakes do occur in mass printing orders and zero errors can not be expected. Above all such mistakes are far and few looking at the large volume of books printed”.
The Corporation dispatches the books in the first week of June and is open to receiving complaints in this regard till September 30. Normally complaints of such manner are received by the first week of August in about 500 to 700 books every year, which is negligible. This year alone the Corporation dispatched books worth Rs 2.20 crore through general sale and Rs 7 crore through free distribution.
He said it was not possible that a bookseller could have received some books meant for free sale. He explained that the corporation sells books meant to be resold in the open market through bookstores in a process known as general sale and distributes books free of cost meant for government schools through Zilla Shiksha Kendras.
He said in the past 15 years he had not received any complaint of cross consignment and chances of such a mistake were remote.
But the incident has exposed the causal approach of the department in scrutinising books before sending.
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