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Govt forms mid-day meal

INCIDENTS OF schoolchildren falling sick after taking poor quality mid-day meal (MDM) may soon get decrease, if not end. Reason: On January 23 the State Government approved the setting up of a 'Mid-day Meal Cell' to monitor the preparation and quality of food being served to students in the basic and primary schools across the State.

india Updated: Jan 26, 2006 01:35 IST

INCIDENTS OF schoolchildren falling sick after taking poor quality mid-day meal (MDM) may soon get decrease, if not end. Reason: On January 23 the State Government approved the setting up of a 'Mid-day Meal Cell' to monitor the preparation and quality of food being served to students in the basic and primary schools across the State.

Keeping in mind the interest of the 1.8 crore beneficiary (read students), the State Government has allocated and released a grant of Rs 3.85 crore for constituting the MDM cell. The cell would function under the control of director basic while a deputy director rank officer will be its in-charge.

Director UP Basic Education, DC Kanaujiya, told Hindustan Times that the MDM cell would come into being before March end. “It will exclusively monitor the mid-day meal programme and keep a hawk eye not only on the quality of food being served but also to ensure its regularity and promptness,” he said.

The MDM headquarters will have one computer programmer, three computer operators and four consultants. “These consultants will monitor food quality, make arrangements for foodgrains, take care of finance, audit and account work,” said Sanjay Sinha, deputy director of education and in-charge of the MDM cell.

According to Sinha, there would be a miniature cell at the district and the regional level to ensure effective co-ordination and facilitate the headquarters. “So now there will be a more vigilant management and continuous evaluation of the MDM programme,” he said.

The Education Department has also proposed to the government to seek the help of Basic Siksha Adhikari, Assistant BSA, deputy BSA and officers of the training wing to ease work of the cell. Schools should be allocated to these officers and they should be made accountable for smooth running of the mid-day meal schemes, the department has suggested.

Kanaujiya also exuded confidence that this would give a boost to run the mid-day meal programme with success. “Once a separate cell comes into existence a lot many problems can be handled effectively.

Continuous vigil will also force gram pradhans to supply quality food to the students,” he said.