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BANDIPORA: A joint team of Legal Metrology Department and Food Safety conducted inspections of various schools and booksellers in Sonawari area of Bandipora district on Monday. During the inspection, the team found Greenland Public School Inderkoot Sumbal involved in selling textbooks supplied by SS Stationery of Inderkoot Sumbal in the school premises. The team registered case against the both and imposed a fine of Rs 25000.

The LMD team also imposed a fine of Rs 6000 on Modern Book Depot Bori Kadal for selling textbooks on exorbitant rates while a case was also registered against Green Valley School Naidkhai Sumbal. Assistant Controller Legal Metrology Department said Deputy Commissioner Bandipora Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary has constituted various inspection teams to keep a check on the violation of rules with regard to the sale of textbooks. He said the joint inspection teams make surprise checks of schools and booksellers during the inspection adding that strict action will be taken against the violators.

The government has earlier passed strict directions to the private schools not to compel parents to buy books and uniform from the school or from any specific shops. The booksellers have also been warned not to sell books on exorbitant rates.