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Posted at: Jun 14, 2018, 12:14 AM; last updated: Jun 14, 2018, 12:14 AM (IST)

UP publishers to take part in tenders for publishing NCERT books

Tribune News Service

Dehradun, June 13

The Uttarakhand Cabinet on Wednesday gave it’s nod for inviting publishers from Uttar Pradesh for participating in the tendering process for the publication of NCERT books under Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme  for 2108-2019 academic session for state government schools.

Though the Uttarakhand government had invited tenders for the publishing of NCERT books thrice, it failed to get publishers ready to publish the books at the rates quoted by the government.

“After the Cabinet nod today, the Department of School Education will approach the publishers from Uttar Pradesh who will be able to publish the books at the rates that are less than the market. They have already done that for their state. At all cost, these books have to be made available by this July,” said Madan Kaushik, Uttarakhand government spokesperson and Uttarakhand Minister for Urban Development, while briefing media persons.

Significantly, these books would be published for children who avail government’s free of cost education for children belonging to the SC and ST categories and girls. The government will transfer the amount to the accounts of the children under the direct benefit transfer (DBT) scheme of the government to pay for the cost of the books.

The Cabinet also approved the constitution of eight committees to oversee the hosting of the International Yoga Day on June 21. 

The government has kept a target of attracting at least 60,000 yoga enthusiasts for the event.

The government has also decided to pay back the amount of Rs 4.56 crore to a private company (EPP Pvt LTD) with which the then government had entered into an agreement for the construction of a five star hotel along with a convention centre at Garhi Cant in 2006. However, the project did not take off, after which the       company demanding     the agreement amount went into an arbitration with the Uttarakhand government. 

“The government has decided to pay back the money without interest that has been accrued and in case the company is agreeable to this proposition we, will move further,” said Kaushik.

The other important decisions are MSP for wheat at Rs 1,735, hike in salary of home guard jawans, amendment in the Police Extraordinary duty manual, etc.

Cabinet’s other decisions

  • The Cabinet approved the constitution of eight committees to oversee the hosting of the International Yoga Day on June 21. 
  • The amount of Rs 4.56 crore to be paid back to the private company (EPP Pvt LTD) with which the then government had entered into an agreement for the construction of a five star hotel at Garhi Cant in 2006. However, the project did not take off.
  • MSP for wheat at Rs 1,735, hike in salary of home guard jawans, amendment in the Police Extraordinary         duty manual, etc.

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