Patiala, April 10
Amid overcharge plaintiffs against book and school uniform stores, the Excise Department raided seven major stores in the city today. The Pepsu Book Depot in the Book Market area; Fast uniforms near the 22 number crossing; Adarsh Bookstore in Adalat Bazar; Gupta Sons on the YPS market; Rawalpindi paper mills near the level crossing at number 22; Delhi Garments near level crossing 22 and a store inside a private school on Behra Road were raided by excise inspectors.
Manohar Singh, Assistant Commissioner, Excise Department, said inspectors had already taken statements from shop owners during the raid. “First, we will check the physical record of invoices, which we could get our hands on at the store. After verification, we will compare their invoices with the declarations they have produced.
He added that they would take action against shop owners if the (excise department) found any discrepancy in their records.
It has been learned that many book and uniform store owners – in collusion with private schools – are defrauding parents by overcharging for books and uniforms. In defiance of government orders, many private schools, parents said, secretly urge parents to purchase the books and uniforms only from selected stores. The parents alleged that the books and uniforms prescribed by the private schools, for the most part, were not available on the open market, therefore they were forced to purchase books from selected stores.