Since the supply of school nutrition food in Zilla Parishad and aided schools has been closed for the past month, khichdi has not been cooked in schools. Students are asking the teacher when they will get khichdi.
Nutritional food is supplied to the schools by the Department of Women and Child Development through a contractor. There is a nutrition plan for students from class 1st to 8th. 100 grams of rice and 20 grams of dal and other nutritious food for the students of classes one to five including biscuits, amaranth ladles, turmeric, salt, chillies, vegetables and fuel expenses and for students of classes six to eight 150 grams of rice, 30 grams of pulses, biscuits, amaranth ladles. It is deposited in the school management account.
Rice is provided free of cost by the Food Corporation of India. But since the last month no rice has come, a problem has arisen. While the court ordered that the work of school nutrition supply should be given to women’s self-help groups, the same old contractor is doing the work of supply. Senior officials of the Women and Child Development Department are giving the reason that earlier Corona and now it is being reviewed.
Therefore, since no new tenders have been issued, the nutrition distribution has been disrupted for the past few days. In addition, since last month, the supply of nutritional food has been stopped, so the student is deprived of nutritional food.
Supply should be from women’s self-help groups
The percentage dispute between the contractor and the government is overwhelming the students. There is no problem at that place as the supply of nutritional food in municipal schools is being done by the self-help groups. On the same lines, Shikshakar Bharati Sangathan has demanded that nutrition should be supplied by women self-help groups in Zilla Parishads and aided schools. Sahebrao Pawar, district president of the organization, said that if the issue of school nutrition is not resolved in eight days, there will be an agitation.
Correspondence started from Zilla Parishad
Due to the non-availability of rice from the Food Corporation of India, there has been a problem in the distribution of nutritional food. We are in constant correspondence with the officer at Amravati for this purpose. But due to the scarcity of rice, it is known that they are not getting rice either, said Accountant of Yavatmal Zilla Parishad P. Golhar said.
Number of schools and students
– Zilla Parishad School
1,28,936 1st to 5th class students
41,918 students of class VI to VIII
– Aided Schools
23 thousand 643 first to fifth students
54 thousand 443 6th to 8th students