Dealers call off strike, HSC books to hit the market soon.
In a relief to all HSC students yesterday, the members of the Bombay Booksellers and Publishers Association decided to call off their indefinite strike against LBT.
The traders had stopped supply to wholesalers and distributors after learning that LBT would be imposed on all educational textbooks, with only the exception of government published textbooks.
MiD DAY had carried a story about 70,000 HSC books lying in the Maharashtra State textbook distribution centre, Goregaon, due to the strike (Dealers refuse to pick up 70K HSC English-language books).
The strike was called off after their Pune counterparts informed members that there would be no LBT levied on all printed textbooks.
“We couldn’t meet the authorities at the Mantralaya so we shall wait and watch,” said Varadraj K, Treasurer of the association. “The letter declaring the exemption is addressed to everyone from the Mantralaya authorities to the Mayor of Mumbai.”
Another association member, Zoher Yusuf Golwala, who is the owner of Saifee book depot in South Mumbai, said, “We assume that the LBT is exempted from all printed textbooks as per information from Pune. The supply of textbooks will start smoothly from Wednesday onwards and the textbooks that have to be picked up from Goregaon will also be picked up. I have placed an order at the Goregaon centre and my textbooks are expected to come by tomorrow.”