Two weeks and counting, no midday meal at Karauli schools
As per the norms, the government sanctions 100 gram food grains for each student at a primary school and 150 gram grains for each child in the secondary school. On an average Rs 60-70 lakh is spent every month in arranging the food grains for the schools in Karauli.jaipur Updated: Sep 12, 2017 20:57 IST
No mid day meal has been served in the last 15 days at more than 11,500 state-run schools in Karauli district of Rajasthan, officials said. They blamed the agency assigned the task of supplying the food grains to the schools for the lapse.
“The students in the government schools are not getting the mid-day meal as food grains are not being supplied,” said Bharat Lal Meena, block education officer, Karauli.
“We have written to the concerned principals and the supplier agency to provide food grains to schools at the earliest,” he added.
As per the officials, Karauli has 11,572 government-run schools. They include 10,048 primary schools, 99 secondary schools and 1,425 senior secondary schools.
District education officer (DEO), secondary education, Hari Ram Meena too blamed the supplier agency. “I’ve just taken charge here after being transferred. I carried out an inspection of the mid day meal distribution in schools and found that it was not being served. This is because the agency has failed to supply food grains to the schools,” he said.
The DEO, however, added that they were “trying to provide proper mid day meals to the children in each school” of the district.
Contacted, the district in-charge of mid-day meal scheme, Tara Chand, said three of the six tehsils in the district, three --- Karauli, Nadoti and Todabhim – are severely affected due to the failure on part of the supplier agency.
As per the norms, the government sanctions 100 gram food grains for each student at a primary school and 150 gram grains for each child in the secondary school. On an average Rs 60-70 lakh is spent every month in arranging the food grains for the schools in Karauli.
The onus of supplying the grains to the schools lies on the district supply department. With the department failing in its duty, the task of supplying grains has been handed over to another agency, officials said.
“We have directed the management committees of the schools to monitor the mid-day meal scheme and its implementation. The supply (of food grains) was disturbed for some time as payment to the supplier agency was pending following the audit process,” district collector Abhimanyu Kumar said.
The DC said that a better process of routing grains to schools would be adopted soon. “No student in any school will go without the mid-day meal,” Kumar said.