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Prices of textbooks and school uniforms to be regulated soon, says Jammu and Kashmir govt


Yesterday, the Jammu and Kashmir government announced that the prices of textbooks and uniforms of private schools in the state will be regulated. The government will soon be issuing guidelines for the same.

The decision comes after the questions that were raised about sale of textbooks and uniforms at exorbitant rates by these schools.

Examine the complaints and recommend suitable measures

According to PTI, Khurshid Ahmed Ganai, the third advisor to the governor of the state has issued directions to the directors of the School Education department to immediately examine the complaints about sale of textbooks at exorbitant prices by private schools in the state.

He has also asked to recommend measures for regulating the rates, PTI reported.

Strict actions against the illegal profiteering

Ganai has said that the government will be issuing guidelines on the analogy of regulation of fee structure of these private schools assuring that strict action will be taken against those who resort to extortion and illegal profiteering by selling textbooks at exorbitant rates.

Grant for school uniforms in Haryana

According to other reports, Haryana has also come forward to double the grant for school uniforms in government schools. a decision that would benefit around 14.61 lakh students in the state.

Earlier, a grant of Rs 400 was given to each student for school uniform from classes 1 to 8, but now Rs 800 would be given to each student for school uniform from classes 1 to 5 and Rs 1,000 to students from classes 6 to 8.

The school Education Department in Haryana has distributed 2,300 science kits in government secondary and senior secondary schools in the last two years as per the report.

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