Odisha govt handover responsibility of implementing mid-day meal scheme to education department
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Odisha govt handover responsibility of implementing mid-day meal scheme to education department

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Tuesday announced the handover of the responsibility of implementing the mid-day meal (MDM) scheme to school and mass education department.

The state government's act of handing over the MDM scheme to school and mass education department came after the dal scam came to the limelight this year. The responsibility of MDM will come to us on the reopening of schools on June 17, school and mass education minister Pratap Jena told reporters after attending a high level meeting presided over by chief minister Naveen Patnaik at the State Secretariat here.

He, however said that the supplementary nutrition programme (SNP) being implemented through anganwadi centres would be managed by WCD as earlier.

Arrangements have been made in schools for smooth and proper functioning of the MDM scheme. The Joint bank accounts would be opened in the names of the concerned self-help-group and the headmaster of the school for operation of the MDM, the minister informed.

He also said that there will be separate menu for the six working days in the schools while special officers will also be appointed for verification of the MDM scheme.

On the distribution of textbooks to the students from class 1 to 8, Jena said that there was no problem in the distribution of books.

So far, all the students have been provided with new books. The textbooks for the students of class 8 would be provided after re-opening of the session.

The books would be provided to concerned schools through the BRCS, he said.

Even Odia text books have been sent to the Odia students in the neighbouring states through the Utkal Sammilani, the minister said.

He also said that the bi-cycle distribution scheme would also be launched with the opening of the academic session. As per the decisions, Rs 2,600 would also be sent to the beneficiary students through cheques for purchase of bi-cycles. There would also be no middlemen in the purchase of bi-cycles. The beneficiary would purchase it locally. A bank account would be opened in the name of the beneficiary for the purpose.

As per the scheme, all girl students of Class 10 in all the 3554 government high schools and 610 fully-aided high schools including the Class-10 tribal students in Tribal Sub-Plan areas would be provided with free by-cycles, he said.

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