Is canteen in schools a commercial activity?

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If the sale of books and uniforms in school shops is treated as “commercialization”, then there is no reason as to why sale of food in the canteen be not treated as the same, said the Delhi High Court as it declined to put a curb on the sale of stationery, uniforms and books at school shops affiliated under the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

The court allowed the sale of both NCERT and non-NCERT books stating that “it is discriminatory on the face of it as it cannot be denied that all these items including uniform, are essential requirements of the students.”

It quashed the circular issued by the CBSE on April 19, 2017 which had directed the school affiliated under it to not to indulge in any commercial activity by way of selling of books, stationery, uniforms and school bags etc. within the school premises and to adhere to the provisions of Affiliation Bye-laws of the Board.