Two government schools in the district have stopped serving mid-day meals to their students as the foodgrain supply failed to reach these institutions.
The schools are Government Primary School, Noorpur Bet, and Government Primary School, Ladhian Kalan.
At Noorpur Bet school, the mid-day meal is not served since November 12 and at Ladhian Kalan school since October 25. A total of 150 students study in these two schools.
Talking to HT, deputy district education officer, elementary, Dimpal Madaan said, "Both schools have stopped serving mid-day meal as they have not received foodgrain from the supplying agency. During a visit to these two schools on Friday, I was informed by the school heads that they were not receiving the foodgrain because of which they have stopped serving mid-day meal to students. We have informed the mid- day meal manager to ask the supplying agency to send foodgrain to the schools as early as possible."
A teacher requesting anonymity said, "We have not received foodgrain since October 25 so we stopped serving mid-day meal to students. This is not the first time that the authorities have not sent the foodgrain. Several times in the past also they had not sent it in time. Many a time schoolteachers collect money and run the meal. Even our school mid-day meal accounts are also running low as we never receive funds in advance."
It has been learnt that this is not the first time the schools have stopped serving mid-day meal. Every year due to shortage of foodgrain and funds, schools stop serving mid-day meal.
2013: Due to scarcity of funds, the Government Primary School of Doraha stopped serving mid-day meal for 10 days.
2012: Due to shortage of funds, eight government schools stopped serving mid-day meal for a month. They are government primary schools of Bhaura, Kasabad, Kadain Kalan, Ladoowal, Talwandi Kalan, Fetahgarg Gujjran, Bahadur Ke and Bhattian.