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‘Hike in duty will make books more expensive’

After the government announced it was planning to impose a 20 per cent import duty on paper,BJP leader and Delhi Abhibhawak Mahasangh president Vijender Gupta said this would result in a major increase in the price of books and notebooks.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
May 12, 2009 1:15:58 am

After the government announced it was planning to impose a 20 per cent import duty on paper,BJP leader and Delhi Abhibhawak Mahasangh president Vijender Gupta said this would result in a major increase in the price of books and notebooks.

Gupta,the BJP candidate from the Chandni Chowk constituency,told mediapersons the increase in import duty would mean an additional burden on parents already struggling to cope with the fee hike in private schools.

The government’s decision could lead to a 30 per cent increase in the price of books and copies,which are essential items for school-going children. Parents in middle and lower-middle class families will find it difficult to afford even these basics,he said.

This is not just a city-specific issue and parents across the country might be troubled with this extra expenditure,Gupta said. “How will parents bear this extra burden? I want to know,” Gupta said.

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The government must give reasons why it has decided to impose the additional import duty. The Delhi Abhibhawak Mahasangh will protest at Jantar Mantar on May 13 against the government’s decision,he said.

Gupta also alleged that the Congress government is just serving the interest of private schools and that the Delhi government has failed parents on the fee hike issue,and warned that if the government does not roll back its decision,the association will stage large-scale protests.

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