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Students to be served mid-day meals at Ludhiana schools

Foodgrain, along with cooking costs, will be provided to students attending classes online
Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By Deepa Sharma Sood
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 11:57 PM IST

The state education department has directed the government and aided schools in the district to serve mid-day meals to the students of classes 5 to 8 after the schools reopened on Thursday.

Directions were issued to deliver food grains to students who are attending classes online and to transfer the cooking costs to their bank accounts, as it was being done earlier when the schools were shut owing to the Covid-19 outbreak.

The higher authorities issued directions to the schools at 9 am on Thursday, and majority of the schools decided to make the required arrangements from Friday.

The move by the higher authorities has left the school heads in a tizzy as to prepare the meals, they will have to make arrangements to purchase vegetables, pulses, salt, and oil commodities.

A school head of a government primary school, requesting anonymity, said, “Around 210 students are studying in Class 5 in our school out of which 20 of them have submitted a written consent from parents and rest are not going to come to school to attend physical classes. It will be a task to make arrangements. If anybody gets infected from the virus, then who is to be held responsible?”

As per government orders, the students will be attending classes in school for five hours therefore, the department decided that meals should be provided to them.

As per instructions, the mid-day meal kitchen has to be sanitized, and utensils to be washed thoroughly so that food is prepared hygienically. Instructions have also been issued to maintain social distancing while serving meals to the students.

The school authorities have been asked to make it mandatory for the students to wash their hands before taking meals for at least 40 seconds. It should also be ensured that the cook-cum-helpers are not Covid-19 positive.

Prabhcharan Singh, general manager of the state mid-day meal cell, SAS Nagar, said, “Students have to attend school from 10 am to 3 pm and it will be difficult for them to stay in school without food for five hours. So, we decided to ask school heads to make arrangements and start serving meals to students.”

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