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Ludhiana govt schools haven’t received midday meal funds since May

Sources in education department have confirmed that they have received the cooking cost of MDM of the month of May and the same has been transferred to the blocks.  

punjab Updated: Jul 25, 2017 16:10 IST
Deepa Sharma Sood
In Punjab, around 22.23 lakh students are covered under the scheme  
In Punjab, around 22.23 lakh students are covered under the scheme  (HT Representative image )

The city’s government schools are finding it difficult to run the midday meal scheme as they haven’t received any funds from the government since May this year. In most schools, the midday meal accounts are running low by 30,000-Rs 80,000

Parminder Kaur, head teacher of government primary school, Jawaddi, said, “We have a strength of 850 students in the school and the mid day meal account is running low by Rs 80,000. We are yet to receive the funds of May month so we have been running the scheme with the help of teachers’ contribution. The higher authorities must release the funds at the earliest so that we can run this scheme successfully.” 

MEAL COST PER CHILD  
  • Rs 4.18 in primary schools  
  • Rs 6.12 in upper primary schools  

Other government schools— Government Primary School, Moti Nagar, Government Primary School, Dharampura, too are facing a similar situation.  

Another government school teacher, who wished to be anonymous, said, “We are running the scheme with own contribution but for how many months more can the teachers continue to contribute? The prices of vegetables have shot up. Tomatoes now cost Rs 100 per kg. We have no grant since May and we have 500 students to feed.”  

Deputy district education officer, elementary, Dimpal Madaan, said, “We have received the funds from the head office and the amount has been transferred to blocks, which will further shift the funds to the midday meal accounts of schools.” 

Sources in education department have confirmed that they have received the cooking cost of MDM of the month of May and the same has been transferred to the blocks.  

When contacted, general manager of the state midday meal cell, SAS Nagar, Prabhcharan Singh, said, “We released Rs 53 crore for the scheme two days ago and the schools will get the funds at the earliest. The district education officers have also changed in few districts in Punjab due to which it is taking time to transfer the funds.” 

The MDM scheme  

Each school gets wheat and rice (100 grams for each primary kid, and 150 grams for each upper primary child) free of cost from the nearest storage facility of the Food Corporation of India (FCI).  

In Punjab, around 22.23 lakh students are covered under the scheme .

From the cooking cost the schools buy pulses, vegetables, salt, condiments, oil commodities, Milk, LPG gas and wood to prepare meals for the students.

The Centre has enhanced the honorarium of the cooks by Rs 500 per month (Now, every cook will get a salary of Rs 1,700 per month instead of Rs 1,200).