More than 50,000 children in Punjab were not served cooked mid-day meals.


CHANDIGARH: More than 50,000 kids in 32 government-helped schools in Punjab were not served cooked late morning suppers, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) has said in its most recent report.

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A report on non-public segment endeavors for the period finishing March 2015 which was tabled on the most recent day of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha session likewise found that noontime dinners were not served for a considerable length of time extending somewhere around 4 and 245 days in 40 schools.

Early afternoon supper plan (MDMS) is a halfway supported plan to help the universalisation of essential instruction by expanding enrolment, maintenance and participation in essential and upper essential classes.

CAG in its review found that due to non-usage of MDMS in 32 government-supported schools of Amritsar and Ludhiana, 50,417 understudies were denied of the advantages of the plan.

The review further watched that against the allotment of Rs. 810.82 crore for cooking cost, assets of Rs. 734.28 crore were discharged amid 2010-15.

It was further seen that MDMS in 40 out of 180 test checked schools was not served for the days going somewhere around 4 and 245 because of non-accessibility of cooking expense.

CAG further said that rules conceived that cash spared as an aftereffect of upgraded focal help is not to be redirected for purposes other than the segments of MDMS.

The review watched that against the distribution of Rs. 17.01 crore, Rs. 15.55 crore were releasd under administration, observing and assessment part amid 2010-15. Out of this as opposed to discharging Rs. 7.77 crore to schools, the sum was used at the region level towards pay, transport and for unforeseen use.

A measure of Rs. 41 lakh was used towards redesign and lease of central command office (PSEB working) amid 2012-14 in contradiction of rules.

CAG likewise watched that no record or enroll was kept up at the school/piece/area level to guarantee least calorific and protein substance in the cooked dinners to be served to kids.

Also the aftereffects of sustenance tests tried in approved research center between August 2013 and January 2015 demonstrated that NGOs were not giving supplements to 1,41,523 youngsters according to standards.

According to rules, cooked MDM suppers are to be given 450 and 700 calories and 12 gm and 20 gm protein substance for essential and upper elementary school youngsters separately.

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