SRINAGAR: In its maiden attempt to flush out ‘bogus’ publishers’ participation in an annual book exhibition, the directorate of school education, Kashmir this year shortlisted thirty booksellers, publishers, firms and companies as compared to 129 such participants in 2016.
The two-day book exhibition is scheduled to be held on January 16-17 for selection of books. The books include reference and library publications and academic books for classes from 9th to 12th.
In 2015, the book exhibition attracted around 150 booksellers and publishers to put up their stalls in the exhibition, but to “check that only registered companies supply books, DSEK put five conditions and only 30 withstood them”, an official of the directorate said.
The DSEK had asked prospective suppliers to provide registration with “competent authority, PAN/TAN issued by Income tax department, three years income tax clearance certificate, registration of Federation of Publishers and Booksellers Association of India or Association of Indian publishers and Booksellers”.
“These bogus publishers would crop up for monetary benefits and there was need to block them and not let them take benefits from education department,” sources said.
“We received 69 applications but on physical verification only thirty fulfilled the criteria we had set up to streamline the process”, the official said wishing anonymity.
The experts committee will select the books DSEK needs to purchase and only the registered publishers, booksellers or companies will be supplying books to the department now.