Show cause to officials for wrong insertion on Mahatma’s death in booklet

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Bhubaneswar: A show-cause notice has been issued to two officials while the person responsible for preparing the booklet has been ousted following controversy over a government-printed booklet.

This was informed by School and Mass Education department Samir Das on Saturday.

Besides, the government has also withdrawn the brochure and the new brochure will come out within a month.

Moreover, the School and Mass Education department has directed all DEOs, DPCs and BEOs to withdraw and destroy all soft copies and booklets in which wrong and misleading information regarding Mahatma Gandhi’s death was published.

A government booklet describing Mahatma Gandhi’s death as an “accident” has triggered a row in Odisha, with political leaders and activists demanding an apology from Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

The two-page booklet “Aama Bapuji: Eka Jhalaka” (Our Bapuji: A Glimpse) — published on the occasion of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi — presents a brief account of his teachings, works and links with Odisha. The booklet stated that he “died due to accidental reasons in a sudden sequence of events on January 30, 1948 at Delhi’s Birla House”.

In the wake of the furore over the pamphlet, a probe was ordered to ascertain the circumstances that led to its publication by the School and Mass Education department for distribution in state-run and state-aided schools.

Earlier, speaker Surya Narayan Patro on Friday had asked the state government to come out with a statement in Vidhan Sabha on Saturday regarding the issue.

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