The newly-elected BJP MLA from Chail assembly seat in Kaushambi Sanjay Gupta has started a novel initiative to improve the quality of mid-day meal – breaking bread with the students of government-run basic schools.
The legislator feels the step will not only help improve the quality of mid-day meal in schools but will also put pressure on teachers and officials of the education department to maintain high standards.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief minister Yogi Adityanath have appreciated the efforts being put in by Gupta. The PM recently posted a tweet praising Gupta for his commendable work.
“Modiji’s tweet came as a surprise to me. It is a great honour for me and his words have boosted my confidence. I will work even harder and better,” said Gupta, who has carried out over a dozen inspections after being elected an MLA.
Due to regular inspections, the quality of food at government-run schools has considerably improved in the last 15 days.
Gupta’s caring nature has made him dear to children who have started calling him ‘uncle’. They eagerly wait for him and feel pleasure sharing meal with him.
“The central government releases crores of rupees to provide nutritious meal to the students of basic schools under the national mid-day meal programme. Some corrupt officials, gram pradhans and teachers are not providing quality food to children. To bring in change, I have started taking my day’s meal with children of government-run primary and upper primary schools of the constituency,” Gupta told HT.
“I have taken it as a mission and will make all possible efforts to ensure effective implementation of the programme,” he said.
“Officials should understand that the government in the state has changed and no laxity or indiscipline will be tolerated. Special focus should be on cleanliness in schools,” he said.
Gupta added that regular meeting with senior officers of the education department would be held to solve the problems related to mid-day scheme.
His way of functioning has also influenced basic education officers who have also started regular inspections of basic schools to take stock of arrangements.
Chail assembly constituency has three blocks with over 400 government-run primary and upper primary schools. It has three Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya in each block.
Divisional coordinator of MDM, Allahabad, Sunit Kumar Pandey said Gupta’s efforts were inspiring one and all. “The system needs public representatives like Gupta,” he added.