The government also plans to procure books on Babasaheb Ambedkar, Mahatma Phule, former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Mahatma Gandhi..
Mumbai: Students from Class 1 to 5 in Maharashtra will soon learn a thing or two about Prime Minister Narendra Modi through the written word.
The state government has decided to buy books worth Rs 59.42 lakh focusing solely on Modi as supplementary reading material for students.
The government also plans to procure books on Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar (worth Rs 24.28 lakh), Mahatma Phule (worth Rs 22.63 lakh), former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee (worth Rs 21.87 lakh) and Mahatma Gandhi (Rs 3.25 lakh).
These books will be kept in school libraries for children.
The state education department has decided to give books on respectable figures of India as supplementary reading material to school kids.
The books on Modi top the price list. The state government plans to purchase a total of 72,933 copies of Chacha Chaudhary and Narendra Modi at the rate of Rs 35 each.
There will be 33 books in Gujarati; 7,148 in English and 424 in Hindi named Pradhanmantri Narendra Modi.
Opposition leader Dhananjay Munde termed the state's decision as ‘the real face’ of the saffron government. “We respect PM Modiji but is he greater than Gandhiji, Babasaheb or Mahatma Phuleji? The BJP must answer this. It shows how much respect the (BJP) government really has for the leaders of the nation. The education department must understand that schools are not political battlefields. They should not try to influence students in this way," said Munde.
Despite repeated attempts, state education minister Vinod Tawde was unavailable for comment.
The state also plans to buy 69,146 copies of a book titled Narendra Modi at Rs 44 each.
The BJP-led state government also plans to purchase 72,933 copies of books on former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as well.
The books on Gandhiji include 2,675 copies of Samrat Prakashan's Mahatma Gandhi; 33 Gujarati copies of Mahatma Gandhi by Diamond Pocket Books Pvt Ltd and 7,260 Marathi copies of Nishingandha Prakashan's Ek Mahatma.
The state has cleared proposal of buying total of 79,388 copies of different biographies of Dr Ambedkar at Rs 24.28 lakh and a total of 78,348 copies of different biographies of Mahatma Phule and Savitribai Phule at the cost of Rs 22.63 lakh.