Udhampur admin tightens noose on nexus between schools, book shops

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UDHAMPUR: With regard to complaints poured by parents of students studying in various private schools of Udhampur district regarding indulging of private school managements in “unfair trade practices” like selling of notebooks containing logo of private schools at exorbitant rates by giving undue benefits to the blue eyed shopkeepers and recommending of specific shops for buying book-sets from particular shops, District Magistrate, Udhampur Ravinder Kumar constituted a team consisting of Assistant Controller Legal Metrology, Assistant Labour Commissioner, Divisional Officer SPCB, Inspector Sales Tax, here on Thursday.
As per an official statement, the team visited various books shops in the city and found that schools namely Common Public Higher Secondary School, Little Scholar School, Vivek Niketan High School , Little Higher School, Happy Model School, DAV School in nexus with the blue eyed shopkeepers selling the notebooks with their respective logos at exorbitant rates to the students.
The students according to the statement, are forced to buy these note books along with book sets thus these schools are violating the provisions of J&K Consumer Protection Act 1987 ( right to choose)
“Every consumer has right to be assessed to variety of goods and services sold to him in the open market,” the statement read. Also, these note books don’t contain mandatory declarations under package commodity rules 2011.
During the visits, legal metrology inspector booked the shopkeepers along with schools for violations of legal metrology act. Further, Assistant Controller, Jaideep Singh Samyal directed the shopkeepers not to sell these notebooks till further orders, read the statement.
The statement further read that the shopkeepers were not giving valid bills to the consumers.
The managements of the schools were served the notice to appear before the District Magistrate, Udhampur.
The team further appealed the parents of the students to lodge complains against the unfair trade practices adopted by the schools before the team in future as well.