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LM Deptt books seller of school books, uniforms
Shiksha Niketan School had forced parents to buy books, other items from M/s Vipin Books Palace
3/31/2015 12:34:58 AM
Early Times Report
JAMMU, Mar 30: Acting on the complaints of parents of school going children for being fleeced by sellers of school books and uniforms by way of adopting unfair and restrictive trade practices, Legal Metrology (LM) Department today conducted extensive checking of M/s Vipin Books Palace at Nai Basti here.
According to the complaint, father of two daughters studying in Shiksha Niketan School at Gandhi Nagar approached M/s Vipan Books Palace as advised by school to purchase books. The school also adopted unfair trade practice by way of imposing restriction of purchasing books along with other unwanted stationary items from the Vipan Book Palace only. The man refused to pay Rs 1,654 against the purchase of books and other items as the book seller refused to pay him the bill.
The aggrieved man then filed a written complaint against the school with the department. During the inspection of the book palace by Ms Pooja Kumari, Inspector,LM, the complaint was found to be genuine as the book seller was selling the book of Oxford for Rs 207 and the original price was smudged. The dealer could not produce the purchase bills. All such books were then seized and the book seller was booked under the relevant provisions of the law. He was warned not to insist the parents to purchase unwanted stationary items and to sell the books in ethical way failing which further stringent action will be taken against him. The department is receiving a lot of complaints against other books and uniform sellers for charging exorbitant rates and the department will carry on the inspections of all such books and uniform traders.

Meanwhile, the department has also intensified its drive to check the malpractices in whole of Jammu division and during last week, 118 inspections were carried out and 78 cases were registered under different sections of the Act for overcharging from consumers, non-declaration of the mandatory declarations on packed commodities and use of unverified weighing instruments for sale of Ration,Kerosine Oil and other Kiryana items. M/s Easy Day at Muthi, M/s Saugaat departmental store, Janipur, and Appu General Store, Talab Tillo, were also booked for the violations and cases registered against them.
The department also recovered an amount of Rs 77,300 as fine.
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