Maharashtra to correct Arunachal mistake in text book

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Itanagar, June 12: Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has said that his government has already initiated steps to 'correct' the mistake made by the state education department in printing Class X geography books, in which maps did not depict Arunachal Pradesh as part of India.

In a letter to Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, Chavan said that directives have been issued to the department concerned to stop circulation of books with the map in question and withdraw books that have already been circulated.

"I have also directed the department to take disciplinary action against the officials responsible for the printing error," he said in the letter, official sources said.

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The Maharashtra government, simultaneously, is making the correct version of the book available to students through their respective schools, he said.

The government is also making earnest efforts to ensure that students do not have access to books carrying the incorrect map.

Chavan in the letter further said that due process has been initiated for disbanding the 'Board of Studies' responsible for approving the book with wrong maps.

"Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India and remains a source of pride and inspiration for all Indians for their contributions to the rich culture, security and development of the nation," Chavan added in the letter.

Earlier, Tuki had written to his Maharashtra counterpart on May 17 last, drawing his attention towards the 'error' and had sought his personal intervention to undo the mistake, sources added.

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