The Odisha Government has decided to provide food security allowances Mid-Day Meal (MDM) program to students across the State due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The shutdown of the schools and all educational institutions has made the students and the authorities suffer. When the schools were open the children of poor class people were going to school and was getting at least one meal per day as a part of the Mid-Day Meal program.
But due to the lockdown system, things have turned to up-side-down for the poor class families. In a letter to Mid-Day Meal State nodal officer, the school and mass education department have been guided to supply food security allowance to the likely students. This program is for 57 days starting from 14 June to 31st August 2020.
The headmasters of the schools will look after the distribution of rice to the students. The payments of cooking cost of the 57 days will be given to their parent’s or guardians’ bank accounts.
The mid-day meal scheme, which endeavours to provide food security to children from economically weaker families and increase enrolment in public schools, is channelized through state governments. The headmaster can traverse to sell the Mid-Day Meal rice to quarantine centres at Rs 32 per kg and transfer the money with the District Education Officer (DEO).
During the transportation, all the safety norms for COVID-19 will be followed. Face masking, hand sanitizing and social distancing like norms will be obligatory. Even during the distribution of dry ration rice, the school authorities should follow all rules and regulations.
The schools remain shut till 31st August in the state because of the rising cases of COVID-19.
Article Written by Dikhya Mohanty
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