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HindustanTimes Sat,30 Aug 2014

KMC rustles up a plan to ensure safe mid-day meals

Sandip Chowdhury , Hindustan Times  Kolkata, July 24, 2013
First Published: 12:27 IST(24/7/2013) | Last Updated: 12:31 IST(24/7/2013)

Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) bosses are taking no chances to ensure foolproof cooked mid-day meal being served at its 253 primary schools.

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KMC’s education department in association with the state education department and Institute of Urban Management is holding a four-day training programme for all teachers of primary schools and Sarva Siksha Kendras (SSK).

The action had been initiated following the tragedy in Bihar where 22 school kids died after consuming contaminated midday meal.

“We have already issued a circular last Thursday to all the head teachers of our primary schools, SSKs and also to our community kitchen in-charge citing certain norms and condition that needs to be followed while serving mid-day meal to our school students,” Mitali Banerjee, member, mayor-incouncil (education), said.

And now, a sensitisation programme for all teachers associated with the mid-day meal programme had been initiated to be doubly sure the Bihar tragedy does not get repeated in Kolkata.

According to officials attached with KMC’s education department, training on mid-day meal functioning is being held on July 22, 24, 26 and 29 and would highlight in details on do’s and don’ts required to be carried out under the mid-day meal scheme.

The caption for the training reads ‘Deal the midday meal, with care and fair, Let all children eat and study here.’

The training would be lectured by NN Barman, project director, cooked mid-day meal programme, school education department; Swapan Mukherjee, chief manager, education department, KMC; and Dipankar Hazra, deputy manager, mid-day meal programme, KMC.

Inaugurating the training on Monday, Banerjee asserted that the head teachers have to ensure good source of water for cooking mid-day meals, keep the cooked food under wrap to ensure it does not get contaminated, ensure good packaging of the food served from the community kitchens to different schools, ensure good and clean kitchen space at all civic schools and SSKs and also make sure utensils used and served to students are clean enough.

Deputy manager Hazra would highlight on a flow of activities, norms and guidelines and respective responsibilities of head teachers and others in mid-day meal programme.

Project director Barman would bring to light the aim and vision of the mid-day meal programme, while chief manager Mukherjee would take up issues like maintenance of accounts of stock register of rice and cash and submission of report in the training programme.


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