Staff Reporter

Government urged to make arrangements for supply of books Government urged to make arrangements for supply of books

Publishers, entrusted with the task, not able to go about the job in a systematic wayThough deadline is over, textbooks are yet to reach booksellers, studentsBooksellers find it difficult to procure books

HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh Publishers and Book Sellers' Association has criticised the Government for outsourcing printing and distribution of textbooks to schoolchildren in the State.

Talking to newsmen here on Friday, association general secretary D. Vinod Kumar urged the Government to make arrangements for supply of textbooks as the three publishers entrusted with the task were not going about the job in a systematic way causing hardship to parents and students.

With the deadline of May 31 long over, the textbooks were yet to reach booksellers and students with the publishers failing to deliver the goods.

He said there was no word from authorities on the availability of books till date.

"In fact, Government personnel have turned into representatives of private publishers with little concern for parents and schoolchildren," he alleged.

Hike in price

There were nearly 1,100 mandals and 3,000 booksellers in the State and so far only one distribution centre was set up in the form of Praja Book depot, he pointed out. "Leave alone worried parents, we as booksellers ourselves are finding it difficult to procure the books. Further, prices of books have been increased drastically. Parents are doing the rounds of shops in vain while school managements were pressurising students to get the books," maintained Mohd. Rafiq of Himalaya Book Depot in the city. D. Srinivas of Dachepally Kishtaiah Publications demanded that the Government supply the books on time and also withdraw outsourcing for printing and distribution of textbooks.