Ahmedabad: Gujarat State School Textbook Board (GSSTB) which publishes textbooks for state-run and affiliated schools in Gujarat have now decided to give out tenders for the printing of the textbooks for classes 1 to 12 from this year. Previously it was the government who selected the publishers to print the books.

This has not gone down well with printing press owners and vendors, and several of them went to meet CM Vijay Rupani and the Education minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasma claiming that ending contracts with them like this without any intimation is cheating with them.

The GSSTB has never in the past given out tenders for printing of school textbooks, for which the government spends crores of rupees every year. Normally, the board gets the textbooks printed by those vendors selected by the government. The current printing press had a contract with the government till 2019, but GSSTB ended the contract and decided to give out tenders for this.

The tender for printing of the books will be given to press and publishing houses within the state and will be awarded to those who quote the lowest amount for printing the books. The vendors will have to fill in their tenders online and submit it to the government.