Maharashtra govt paid higher price for school books than market rate, says Congress

Reports have surfaced that the Maharashtra government has purchased for school supplementary reading more books on Prime Minister Narendra Modi than Mahatma Gandhi and B R Ambedkar and the Congress on Tuesday alleged that for some of the books, the state has paid a higher price than the market rate. The books — 1.3 crore copies of 1,600 titles in Hindi, Marathi, English and Gujarati — are for supplementary reading for students in Classes I to VIII in state schools and were purchased by the School Education Department’s Maharashtra Academic Authority, Pune.

The Congress also said that one of the publishers, Pune-based Bharatiya Vichar Sadhana, has links with the RSS and the government was “favouring” this publisher.

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