Students to get hot mid-day meals
THE STUDENTS of over 300 schools and madarsas are likely to get hot mid-day meals prepared through hygienic mechanized system being established by a non-governmental organization from next month. The NGO - Nandi Foundation ? is installing these machines under the monitoring of Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC).india Updated: Mar 12, 2006 15:16 IST
THE STUDENTS of over 300 schools and madarsas are likely to get hot mid-day meals prepared through hygienic mechanized system being established by a non-governmental organization from next month. The NGO - Nandi Foundation – is installing these machines under the monitoring of Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC).
Most of the work of this mechanized establishment has been completed on the government land near SOS Children’s Village in Khajuri Kala. The BMC has provided an amount of Rs one crore for these works. BMC Chairman Ramdayal Prajapati and journalists visited this plant today.
The students would get food cooked through steam by the boilers installed here. For the purpose, three vessels connected to boilers have already been put up. The pulses and vegetables would be cooked in these vessels. These vessels, brought from Bangalore, would cook about 3000 litres of vegetable at a time.
Besides, two chapatti-making machines are arriving within a week from Chandigarh. Each of these chapatti-making machines would prepare 20,000 chapattis within an hour. These machines would prepare the food for about 70,000 students every day. So, the chapatti making machines would prepare about 1.50 lakh chapattis every day.
It is planned that the cooked food would be sent to the schools through the vehicles. These vehicles would be run through 27 routes. The state government has provided additional amount of 14 paise per student for the transportation of meals. Besides, Rs 1.56 per student per day would be given for the preparation of meals.
Manager of Nandi Foundation, Venu Pillai informed that the Foundation is already providing this service in some cities of Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh. The Foundation has also established such facility at Jabalpur in the state. Corporators Rameshwar Rai Dixit, Asharam Sharma and BMC’s Education Officer Sudha Bhargava were also present on the occasion.