The Hailakandi district administration has allowed the opening of bookstalls for thrice a week to ensure the availability of textbooks to students.
In an order issued to this effect on April 27th, 2020, Hailakandi Deputy Commissioner, Keerthi Jalli said the trade licensed bookstalls would remain open thrice a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm to facilitate the availability of textbooks to students.
The administration directed the bookstall owners and staff to wear masks and not to sell any book to buyers not wearing masks.
The order stated that the administration would also explore the possibility of delivery of textbooks and exercise books to students at home.
It stated that the shops would deal with curriculum books, facilitate home delivery on receiving orders and would share their mobile and landline numbers with DIPRO for publicity through print, electronic and social media network.
The order asked the bookstall owners to utilise the services of 50 per cent staff on a rotation basis.
It asked the bookstall owners to ensure compliance of lockdown guidelines, social distancing and making available hand sanitiser and handwashing in front of the shops.
While asking the bookstall owners to prevent the gathering, the order warned that any violation of the conditions would attract penal action under Sections 52 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 and Sections 188 and 270 of the Indian Penal Code (45 of 1860).