Social safety, ‘Tajin’ of wholesalers who stole learning centers from factories and sold them to the market

A view of piles of learning books (notebooks) produced at the Pyongyang Dandelion Learning Center Factory. /Photo = Captured from the website of the Korean Central News Agency

It is reported that North Korea’s social security ministry has recently arrested wholesalers across the country who have stolen and sold genuine learning books through back transactions with production factories.

A source from South Hamgyong Province told Daily NK on the 7th, “The safety of genuine government-produced learning books has been secretly being sold in the market since last spring. .

According to a source, genuine national learning centers from the learning center factory in Pyongyang last month were not supplied to students as the second semester started, and they were handed over to the mayors of Pyongyang as well as the mayors of Chongjin, North Hamgyeong Province and Eunsan County, South Pyongan Province, where they were sold to individual traders. The fact that it was being sold by the company raised a problem, and the investigation began in earnest over its safety.

Safety treats this case as a serious case and mobilized the Inspection Division of the Safety Bureau of each province to arrest school supplies wholesalers in Pyongyang, Chongjin, and Eunsan-gun, Chongjin, on charges of taking state property.

According to the investigation, it was revealed that the wholesaler in Pyongyang received 20% of the quantity produced by the factory at a low price at the state price through personal connections in the preliminary trial, sprinkled it on the market in Pyongyang and sold it at a high price.

It turns out that the wholesaler took over the study book at 300 won at the national price and passed it on to the vendors at 1,000 won, leaving a profit of 700 won per book, and market traders sold it at 1,200 won, making a profit.

However, it is rumored that the transaction was mainly made by people who knew it because the quantity was not large.

In particular, the Chinese language learning center, English language learning center, computer learning center, and music learning center produced at the Pyongyang study center factory are nationally made study centers made of white paper covered with luxurious covers, unlike those produced in the provinces, so local merchants cannot openly sell them. It is said to have been hidden and sold.

The source said, “The Social Safety Ministry has been tracking this fact since the spring of this year after receiving a request from the Cabinet. ” he explained.

It is said that the provincial safety bureaus searched the homes of local wholesalers and retrieved not only study halls, but also school supplies produced by the state, and vowed to completely eradicate this vicious cycle by taking this opportunity.

Currently, the factory workers involved in this case are called to the Ministry of Justice and the local People’s Committee to write criticisms every day, and it is known that the market heads and security guards will take responsibility and take off their uniforms.

A source also said, “This case is a case of safety directly at the request of the Cabinet, so it is expected that those directly involved in the case, including the sales department of the Pyongyang Learning Center Factory, will be subject to strong legal punishment, including correctional punishment.”

Source: DailyNK by

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