Mid-day meal scheme is Admn’s ‘priority’

Displaying extra care towards the mid-day meal scheme,the UT Administration seems to be keeping its promise of offering the best quality food to students.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:March 14, 2009 1:42 am

Displaying extra care towards the mid-day meal scheme,the UT Administration seems to be keeping its promise of offering the best quality food to students. From introducing a new menu to conducting surprise checks to ensure quality,the Administration is going a step beyond the ‘order in paper’ and executing them practically.

Over 1,000 students are provided food under the mid-day meal scheme and to ensure the quality of food,a team of Haryana Civil Services and Punjab Civil Services officers have been conducting surprise raids in schools as well as kitchens where the meals are cooked.

The objective behind this is to make sure that the meal is cooked as well as served in clean surroundings.

Confirming regular visits by officers,a principal of a government school said that the step has led to positive results and shows the concern of the authorities to better the quality of meals.

A teacher from Government Model Senior Secondary School,Sector 40,also mentioned receiving instructions from the department that meals will be tasted by the principal as well as the teachers on duty. They have also been asked to have food with the children.

The department has also worked on introducing a new menu. Earlier,students were served dalia,kadhi,chola,rice etc. The present menu,which is already being served in the Alternative Innovative Education (AIE) centres,includes rajmah,poori-chane,salad etc.

“We want to introduce novelty in the food that is served to students which is why different items are being served to them. It is also being kept in account if the food served is fresh and hot.

A committee of teachers in each school has been appointed for the task,” said Samwartak Singh,Director Public Instructions (Schools).

Commenting on reports that the food is served in the morning as soon as it reaches the premises,he clarified that the department was working on delivering fresh food to students at an appropriate time.

“School authorities have been instructed to keep extra vigil on the food to detect any flaw. In case the product is found to be lacking in quality,the Administration will cancel the order of the contractor,” said Singh.

Right now,the mid-day meal is being prepared in the kitchens of CITCO and Chandigarh Institute of Hotel Management among others.

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