Smells of a bestseller: DPI directs schools to purchase book on CM

Smells of a bestseller: DPI directs schools to purchase book on CM

Submitted by alvin on Wed, 2016-06-29 19:27 Bengaluru: In choppy waters following the recent cabinet reshuffle, chief minister Siddaramaiah can probably find some solace that his life story might soon be on the lips of schoolchildren in the state, thanks to the Department of Public Instruction (DPI).In a circular, the department has directed all schools in the state to compulsorily purchase a book on Siddaramaiah penned by a Tumakuru based author. Mahadevaiah’s book on the CM’s political career ‘Itta Guri Ditta Hejje’ could go out of stock as the DPI wants children in the state to read it for its ‘inspiring’ message. Hence, the department has ordered schools in the state to purchase it without fail in a letter dated March 28, 2016.Signed by K Anand, Director, Primary Education, the order states, “Government schools, aided schools, primary and high school libraries should purchase this book, from any fund allotted to the schools.”The letter also states that the order had been issued as per the directions of the Commissioner, DPI. However, on being questioned by the media about the circular, the department chose not to comment.When questioned about it, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said he was unaware about the circular. He said he was aware that a person from Tumukuru was behind the book but denied being in the know about the circular to purchase the book.