Punjab seeks additional central funds for mid-day meal scheme

The Punjab authorities will elevate a requirement earlier than the Centre for additional funds below the mid-day meal scheme to feed all college students on the authorities and aided colleges within the state which have witnessed enhanced enrolment, Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan stated on Monday.

The additional funds had been wanted after the state’s authorities colleges registered a substantial enhance within the enrolment of scholars for the present educational session, she stated, after chairing a meeting of the steering-cum-monitoring committee of the mid-day meal scheme right here.

She took stock of the implementation of the scheme aimed toward offering nutritious meals to youngsters finding out in main and higher main lessons within the authorities and government-aided colleges within the state, an official assertion stated.

Mahajan stated the Union authorities had supplied funds for benefitting 14.05 lakh college students throughout 2020-21, whereas in 2021-22, the supply has been made for feeding 15.83 lakh college students, which was, nevertheless, not enough.

She stated the improved variety of beneficiary college students below the mid-day meal scheme was presently assessed at 16.91 lakh within the state, which require additional funds.

The remuneration of mid-day meal staff has additionally been elevated, Mahajan knowledgeable.

She hailed the training division for the environment friendly implementation of the scheme in the course of the educational session 2020-21 regardless of extraordinarily tough conditions within the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

“Either dry ration or mid-day meal was provided by the department despite schools being closed and about 231 crore was directly transferred to the bank accounts of the school children towards cooking cost,” she famous, whereas stressing the necessity for additional fortification of the meal.

The Secretary, School Education, Krishan Kumar, whereas apprising the chief secretary of the progress report, stated the complete funds of 350 crore allotted below the scheme had been correctly utilised.

The meals grain was served amongst 15.83 lakh college students of main and higher main lessons finding out on the 19,682 authorities and government-aided colleges within the state.

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