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NAROWAL: A good stock of textbooks published by the Punjab Textbook Board has been found in a scrap dealer’s warehouse in Hajveri Colony.

Scrap dealer Muhammad Imran told reporters that some teachers and clerks of the Government High School, Narowal, sold out those free textbooks to him for Rs500 per 40 kilo.

The stock includes the books of science, mathematics, English, Urdu, social studies and other subjects of grade one to 10.

The education department provides free textbooks to the students of public schools to help them get free education.

As the news of the stock spread in the city, several people gathered at the dealer’s shop and alerted the district administration and Narowal education department officials.

District Monitoring Officer’s (DMO’s) official Iftikhar visited the shop and inspected the books. After their visit, the shopkeeper shifted the stock to some undisclosed location.

Narowal Executive District Officer Ghiasuddin Paracha shrugged off the matter saying the books were the old ones.

District Monitoring Officer Muhammad Ashraf even denied the selling of books to the scrap dealer.

District Coordination Officer Syed Najaf Iqbal said he had ordered a probe into the matter.

Published in Dawn, May 31th, 2014