Taking a note of the feedback given by the government school students to the inspections teams, the director general school education (DGSE), Punjab, Pradeep Aggarwal has directed the district education officers, secondary and elementary, to replace 'khichri' with 'dal' and rice in the midday meal menu.
The government schools were serving 'paushtik khichri' (mixed with dal and seasonal vegetables) every Tuesday but now 'dal' and rice (mixed with seasonal vegetables) will be served to the students after summer vacations.
Talking to Hindustan Times, general manger of the state midday meal cell, SAS Nagar, Prabhcharan Singh said, “We have done the replacement in accordance with the students' feedback. The government schools are directed to serve 'dal' and rice every Tuesday. The inspection teams have also noticed that while preparing 'paushtik khichri', cooks are using less quantity of dal and more rice so the students are not happy with this dish.”
Earlier, 'dal' and rice was being served to the students only on Saturdays, but from July 1 onwards, the same dish will be served for two days. On Thursday, 'karhi' (mixed with potato and onion pakoras) and rice are served to the students.
'Dal' (mixed with seasonal vegetables) and chapati is served on Mondays, potato mixed black chana (chickpea) and chapati on Wednesdays and seasonal vegetables with chapati on Fridays are being served. Besides, sweet dish (kheer) is served every Friday.
Under the midday meal scheme, around 22.23 lakh students have been covered in Punjab, of which 1.79 lakh students are served in Ludhiana district.
Under the midday meal scheme, schools are being provided free supply of foodgrains from the nearest godowns of the Food Corporation of India (FCI) in accordance with the number of students- 100-gram per student for primary and 150-gram per student for the upper primary classes.