Hit by shortage of grains, schools struggle to provide midday meals

  • Deepa Sharma Sood, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: May 09, 2014 13:10 IST

Struggling to run the midday meal (MDM) programme, city government schools are now borrowing grains from departmental stores because of shortage with the schools.

The grains are not available at Ludhiana 1,2,3; Mangat 1 and 2 blocks; and Doraha. There are around 400 government schools in these blocks.

Schools facing shortage of food grains include Government Primary Schools in Alamgir, Kheri, Dhandari Kalan, Shimlapuri, Laxman Nagar and Jawaddi.

A government school in charge requesting anonymity, said, “Food grains finished last month and we have informed the block primary education officer of our block. He has asked us to borrow grains from departmental stores.

Funds of midday meal programme are also running out, so it is difficult to run the scheme in schools. The authorities must send sufficient food grains and funds to schools.”

Talking to Hindustan Times, Jar nail Singh, block primary education officer, Ludhiana 2, said, “There are 40 schools under me, all of which are facing shortage of food grains. Schools have been directed to borrow grains to run the scheme.

However, we have informed the midday meal incharge of the district and are expecting that grains will reach the schools by Friday.”

Echoing Jarnail’s views were Kanwaljit Kaur, block primary education officer, Ludhiana 3, and Asha Rani block primary education officer, Mangat 2.

Kanwaljit said, “There is a big shortage of food grains due to which schools are having a tough time running the scheme. I have written to the MDM in charge and he has assured that he will get food grains delivered by today.

He said gover nment high schools have surplus food grains, which they will send to our schools. There are 18 primary schools under me.”

“I am looking after 50 schools of my block and there is shortage of food grains in schools. A detail report has been sent to the MDM manager,” said Rani.

Tarsem Singh Banga, midday meal incharge of the district, said, “We have a surplus of food grains at gover nment middle and high schools, so we will send them to those facing shortage.

I checked with a few primary schools today, including government primary school, Labour Colony. There was a scarcity of grains here, while the middle school there had surplus.”

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