Baramulla: The Legal Metrology Department (LMD) Baramulla imposed a fine of Rs 20,000 on Saint Joseph’s Higher Secondary School and Valley Book Shop Baramulla for not complying with the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011 in the sale of stationary packages.
An official said, the school was resorting to restrictive trade practice by keeping the prescribed books available at a single shop.
Taking congnisance of complaints by parents, a team of Legal Metrology Department (LMD) headed by Assistant Controller Baramulla inspected the school and the shop in Baramulla. During the inspection, it was found that the school management had flashed an SMS to the parents of students informing them that the books will remain available from the particular bookshop. Further, the stationary packages offered for sale by the book shop were found to be lacking the statutory labelling requirements, officials said.
Legal Metrology Officer Baramulla Shah Gazi Suhaib booked a case against the management of the institution and the bookshop. Subsequently, Assistant Controller Baramulla took up the matter with the concerned which admitted to the lapse and requested for compounding of the offence.
The school management has now kept the booklist available at four book shops and flashed an SMS in this respect.
It has been found that a member of school management has opened a shop and was selling books on high rates and the books were not available at any other shops in the market. The parents highlighted the issue through social media and had urged authorities to take corrective action.