Print Edition - 2015-02-03 | Nation
JSSK denies Sajha distribution rights
- school textbooks
Feb 2, 2015-The Janak Shiksha Samagri Kendra (JSSK) has decided not to allow Sajha Publications to distribute the school level textbooks even this year.
Ending its 35-year tie-up with Sajha, the JSSK had last year decided to distribute the textbooks on its own after the former defaulted on millions of rupees in payment. The decision which was said to be applicable for only a year at the time has continued even this year. The public printing house board had decided at its January 28 meeting not to allow Sajha with the distribution rights unless it clears all of Rs 130 million it owes to the JSSK. Sajha, also a government entity, had been making a major chunk of its income through commission from the sales of school textbooks. “We will hand over the distribution rights whenever it pays our due,” said Anil Kumar Jha, executive manager at the JSSK.
Following the board decision, the JSSK on Monday issued a public notice calling applications from agents to distribute the school textbooks across the country. The agents, who are required to work under the publication house, will be awarded commission for their service. The JSSK is assigned to publish around 19 million units of textbooks for grades 6 to 10 pupils in all the public schools across the country. With the new academic session only two months away, the JSSK is yet to print around 7 million units of books to meet the target. The government has allocated Rs 1.82 billion for the free distribution of textbooks to 5.9 million students from around 29,000 public schools.
Published: 03-02-2015 09:19