Srinagar, Jan 16: Legal Metrology Department today said following public complaints that a local book seller/school is charging Rs 3000 for the set of books for Class 1st without being the mandatory declaration of price, it penalized publisher Cambridge University Press and others.
In a statement issued here, the Metrology Department said: “In absence of mention of price on the text books, the customers/ parents and students thought that the school management/book seller fleeced them. The field executives of Legal Metrology Department raided the premises of the school to ascertain the correctness of the compliant”.
“It was observed that the school was not selling books but a local book-seller was offering the text books of the publisher company Cambridge University Press India. The challan case was registered against the book- seller/wholesale book-seller/ Importer for offering text-book without price. Under Legal Metrology Laws, it is mandatory on every publisher/importer to print price, number of pages, complete address, phone number/e-mail address on the label of the books/note-books so that consumer may not deceived in any way,” the LMD said.
Moreover, said the statement, note-books should also carry the declaration of size of page in metric units. “A Legal notice was served to the importer at New Delhi who in turn confessed the lapse and pleaded for compounding the offence. A penal sum of Rs. 40,000 was slapped on the publisher for the lapse and Rs. 10,000 each to whole sale depot/retailer bookseller. An undertaking was also taken from the offenders for not repeating the offence in future,” the statement added.