Dirty jokes issue:Education Minister issues statement on actions taken
Gandhinagar, 15 June 2012
Education minister of Gujarat Shri Ramanlal Vora in a statement today said that as soon as the government came to know about indecent content in Golibar’s Puzzle Magic magazine’s May-2012 issue, the work order given to Amisha Print and Publishing has been canceled with immediate effect. Moreover the magazines are called back from all the schools where they had reached. The agency has been declared black-listed and steps including penalty have been taken against the agency as per the rule.
The minister in his statement said that the state government has taken the matter very seriously. “A work order was given to Amisha Print and Publishing, Ahmedabad under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan for three months with motive to create interest among children in the areas of maths and science. As per the tender, the agency had assured that the magazine would have proper quality and ethical values or character enhancement related standards will be maintained. Not only this but the magazine will have to go through the state project office of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan before its supply, and only after written approval, the magazine will need to be posted in presence of office employee.
“The agency has breached the clauses related to maintaining ethical standards. The agency has not taken approval of designated officer in state project office before supply. The agency posted the magazines on 19 May without any prior approval, without showing the content to officials,” the statement of minister further said.
“When these all things came to notice, the agency was slapped notice on 19th of May itself and the work order was canceled with immediate effect and magazines were called back from the schools,” the minister further stated.
The Education minister has stated that the issue is very serious and government will take all actions as per the rule against those responsible.
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