Punjab education minister, Om Parkash Soni, on Wednesday announced a prize of Rs Five lakh for any whistle-blower giving information with concrete proof of bribe in the teachers’ transfers.

Presiding over a high-level meeting of officers of the education department and Punjab School Education Board (PSEB), Soni said corruption in teachers’ transfers will not be tolerated at any cost.

He said that transfers are being done in transparent manner and any political pressure or monetary activity has not been allowed in any way.

Soni directed officers to ensure printing and distribution of books well before the session begins as every year stock of books of many subjects has been piled in board premises sans distribution and afterwards these were announced as trash.

He said that delay in publications of books benefitted to private publishers and this trend needs to be restrained.

The minister categorically instructed the officers to fix the responsibility of school principals for the distribution of books in time bound manner.

“All the books will be published by the board with the suggestion of experts so that growing trend of guides could be discontinued”, he cautioned the officers adding that the quality of books should be maintained by using good quality paper.

He further said that to ensure the authenticity and accuracy of the information, experts should be roped in. He also directed to shut down the schools functioning from homes with the help of local government department.

Soni directed that online tendering process will be adopted for all department related work besides checking revenues and expenditure of the PSEB so that the board could increase its income and reduce expenditure. He also emphasized to make Punjab School education board financially self-reliant.

The minister asked to constitute a committee for comparative study of education boards of other states to further improve the functioning of the Punjab School education board.