Haryana: Manohar Lal Khattar government buys 5,000 15-book sets of Deendayal Upadhyay’s speeches, writings

Sandhya Dangwal
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Chandigarh, April 2: The Haryana government has spent Rs 2 crore for libraries of Haryana’s schools and colleges as well as for all its government departments. In a bid to enhance knowledge of school and college students, the Haryana government has bought 5,000 sets of books comprising of 15 books each of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideologue Deendayal Upadhyay’s speeches and writings.

As per reports, the process for purchase was initiated after the Delhi-based publisher of the books, Prabhat Prakashan. The publisher wrote to the government asking it to buy 5,000 copies of “Deendyal Upadhyay Sampoorna Vangmaya”, a compilation of all his speeches and writings. The letter stated the books were launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the presence of BJP president Amit Shah and RSS Sarkaryvaha Bhaiyyaji Joshi.

A meeting was chaired by R K Khullar, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister on January 9 to discuss the purchase. The meeting was also attended by the then Director Higher Education Mohd Shayin, Director Information, Public Relations and Languages Sameer Pal Srow, Director of Urban Local Bodies Shekhar Vidyarthi and officers from the departments of secondary education, elementary education and technical education, Indian Express reported.

The letter further stated that though each set of 15 books costs Rs 6,000 and the publishing house would give a discount of Rs 2,000 per set. Reports stated that the purchase was initiated on the directions of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and that it was decided to purchase 5,000 sets of books for the libraries and educational institutions of the State. According to reports, the Department of Secondary Education is to buy 3,189 sets at a cost of Rs 1.27 crore and Department of Higher Education 1,450 books at the cost of Rs 58 lakh for the libraries of secondary and high schools. Further, it was decided that 300 books will be purchased by Department of Technical continued on page 2. (ALSO READ: Haryana to spend Rs 3,120 cr on villages’ development in FY18)

Samvad Society, which is part of the government’s publicity wing, was directed to immediately release advance payment to the publisher on behalf of the departments concerned. Education at a cost of Rs 12 lakh and 61 books by Department of Information, Public Relations and Languages at a cost of Rs 2.44 lakh.