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Mid Day Meal scheme hits rough weather

The Mid Day Meal Scheme,which was started to enhance enrolment and maintenance of good student strength in government schools,has come to a halt in some schools.

Many schools in the district have stopped scheme completely due to delayed rations and fund paucity

The Mid Day Meal Scheme,which was started to enhance enrolment and maintenance of good student strength in government schools,has come to a halt in some schools. The scheme was kicked off all over India in 2003,under which the schools get raw materials like wheat and rice from the district Food and Civil Supplies department and funds for processing are given by the Central and state governments.

Sources say that due to non-availability of ration and funds,the scheme has been stopped in some schools of the district.

Many schools tried to continue this scheme even by providing ration from the school funds; but when ration was not delivered for two-three months together,the schools opted to stop it.

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A government school headmaster said: “We tried our level best to continue it,but paucity of funds and ration forced us to stop it. It is now for about a month that we are not giving mid-day meals to children.”

“We used to borrow vegetables from a local vegetable shop; but after a month,he refused to give us vegetables on credit. So we stopped serving the meals,” the headmaster of another school said.

A few government school teachers said it is a highly time consuming exercise to serve mid-day meals in schools.

“Earlier it was a big task for us to serve the meals to children on time; but for the last two-three months,it became a headache for us to arrange the vegetables in the absence of funds,” said a few teachers in a group.

Harbhajan Ram,District Education Officer (Secondary),Ludhiana,said: “We have recently sent rations to the cluster schools. As far as funds are concerned,we have also distributed to schools,although the full amount is yet to be given. We disburse funds as soon as we get them.”