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80,000 old school books collect dust with BMC as civic body struggles to find takers


About 80,000 books collected in over a year and a half by the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) will soon turn into scrap. The civic organization has written a letter to the District Education Officer (DEO) once again to verify and accept the books if they find them useful.

“We have done some bookbinding and are ready to donate, but we need takers,” says Javed Faruqie, a bookkeeper. “We have formed bundles of books based on coursework in middle schools in Hindi and English. But they are now biting the dust in our warehouse, ”he added. He stated that books of a general nature are used in our libraries owned by BMC.

The reason why no taker of these books is that the books do not include current program content. Most of the books have turned out to be outdated and unnecessary in today’s school education. The books were collected by BMC as part of the Kitaab Ghar program, in which residents were invited to donate used books, for poor or less privileged sections. The initiative began in June 2019. The books were to be donated to public student school libraries after binding. But even after three letters and other forms of correspondence, the schools in Bhopal haven’t picked up any books and now they are biting the dust in one or the other BMC junkyard.

BMC officials said the books were to be donated to schools, both the State Council or the CBSE Council. The district education officer responded to BMC stating that the books are too old and do not match the current curriculum.

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Posted on: Thursday 08 October 2020, 05:00 IST


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