When Nitish Kumar first formed the government in Bihar, the mission was to stop children from dropping out of public schools. The rest of the schemes are in place, but to stop children from dropping out until high school, there is only one way: the midday meal.
When Nitish Kumar first formed the government in Bihar, the mission was to stop children from dropping out of public schools. The rest of the schemes are in place, but to stop children from dropping out until high school, there is only one way: the midday meal. The children will come under the pretext of eating, some will read it; In a way, this sutra has been accepted. Nitish Kumar has been the Chief Minister for over a decade and a half, but even today the midday meal is a big deal in schools. The government cannot guarantee that any food available is of standard quality. To date, it has not been possible to provide a centralized kitchen, so the schools function as canteens. In this, the children have to bring bags with utensils along with a blackboard-pencil. Looting the children’s food in such a way that they opposed linking aid with Aadhaar, because everything is aid.
Although every month there are two or four reports of midday meal riots in Bihar, but in early August, when children from a school in Munger came to the SDO to show food, the picture and video no one could stop. that it goes viral. Immediately there was a duel by the school principal and before the inquiry report arrived, an order of prohibition of payment was also made. But it doesn’t seem to be a solution. That too in this condition where there is a complaint of having a worm in the midday meal and sometimes a lizard. Most of the complaints have been caused by contracting lizards. Incidentally, Satish Chandra Jha, director of the Noon Meals Program in Bihar, also believes that ‘many of his complaints are also due to discrimination among members of the school education committee’.
By the way, no one ever complains about not getting an egg or getting half or getting a banana as a seasonal fruit or not getting seven. Sometimes a half boiled egg is also available. There is also compulsion because nowadays how to feed boiled egg for 5 rupees when it has become 7 rupees in the market. Who should bear the cost of going to the wholesale market to buy it in the whole sale! The basic reality is that, in the name of Sawan, most schools have stopped feeding eggs, and are instead feeding bananas. By the way, the banana is the only option among the fruits because if an apple is whole, you cannot give another fruit for so much money. Bihar noon meal director Satish Chandra Jha says in light of Munger’s latest case: ‘The children showed courage and came with a complaint, it’s a good thing. But, if it’s a principal-level mistake, why didn’t the neighborhood representative and the parent representative on the school committee know about it earlier? Children are everyone’s responsibility. Of the 70,000 schools in the state, the school education committee is managing snacks in 65,000 schools, the rest of the work is done by NGOs. After Corona, children began to receive midday meals from February 28 this year. If children come, then one has to worry about their midday meal. We take updates through IVRS, but for daily monitoring in 65,000 schools, no one can always go to the address. So the people on the committee have to be aware.
In fact, the director’s compulsion is also visible. Problems are natural when one or two teachers are dedicated to this job in a school concerned about teacher shortages and the job is handled by a single cook. In Bihar, many large organizations took the initiative to offer midday meals, but this formula did not work. Only a few NGOs are doing this work, the rest depends on the schools. Now, if the cook got sick or the rice didn’t make it to the remote area, it’s not hard to figure out what would be available based on the menu.