Uttar Pradesh teachers to face action for mid-day meal anomalies
Indo Asian News Service
Last Updated: January 10, 2009 03:10:04
Lucknow, Jan 10 (IANS) Teachers and principals of over 100 government-run primary schools in Uttar Pradesh's Etawah district will face action for irregularities in the Mid-Day Meal (MDM) scheme, an official said Saturday.
'These teachers are under scanner for not providing regular lunch to their students under the MDscheme,' official in-charge of basic education in Etawah Naresh Verma told IANS on phone.
He said an inquiry has been initiated against the teachers, who would either be suspended or sacked depending upon their involvement in the anomalies.
The anomalies in the MDM scheme came to the fore during the on-going inspections in the district schools by basic education authorities.
'We found that schools in Sarsainawar village of Etawah, about 250 km from here, were not providing lunch to their students for the last three months,' Verma said.
Schools in Takha village of the district were not following the prescribed diet plan under the MDM. The scheme states that every child should be provided with minimum 300 calories of energy and 8-12 grams of protein for a minimum period of 200 days, Verma pointed out.
About 150,000 schools and over 18.6 million students are covered under the MDM scheme in Uttar Pradesh. Under the scheme, lunch is provided to students till Class 8.
National Programme of Nutritional Support to Primary Education, also known as Mid-Day Meal Programme, was launched by the central government Aug 15, 1995. Its objective is to boost universalisation of primary education and improve nutritional status of children.
Editors note: It is a grave offence to either divert the grains meant for mid day meal to any other purpose or to sell the grains in the black market. The NGO has to give a utilization report before it draws the next consignment of grains. The excess grains that Akshaya Patra is potentially saving at today’s market pricing could be worth Rs Rs 7 lakh per day.