Mid-Day Meal funds, functionaries devolved to PRIs

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Srinagar: In a significant decision, the Government has ordered the devolution of funds, functions and functionaries under Mid Day Meal Scheme to the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs).

According to the order issued by School Education Department, the Government has directed for the devolution in pursuance to the provisions contained in the J&K Panchayati Raj Act, 1989 (amended up to October 2018).

The order says that the preparation and distribution of Mid-Day Meal in the schools shall be carried out by the concerned Halqa Panchayats through the Community Level Committees (CLC) utilizing the services of cook-cum-helper(s) already engaged for the purpose by the respective schools.

The CLCs shall be headed by Sarpanch/Administrator or Panch nominated by Sarpanch/Administrator. Its members shall be two of Panchayat Halqa (preferably female) on rotation basis for one academic session to be nominated by Sarpanch/Administrator, five women from community, who are parents of children studying in the concerned school on rotation basis for one academic session, besides Teacher-in-charge MDM. While as concerned Head of the Institution shall be its Member Secretary.

Further, the Halqa Panchayat shall ensure preparation and distribution of Mid Day Meals on each school day uninterruptedly, while fulfilling the minimum norms of nutrition as prescribed under the scheme and adhering to the procedures prescribed in the scheme and instructions from time-to-time.

The order states that for preparation and distribution of Mid-Day-Meals in Primary Schools through local Self Help Groups/ NGOs/Community Level organizations funds shall be transferred to Panchayats.

“The Halqa Panchayat shall also ensure weekly quality check of the Mid-Day Meal through designated agencies and take immediate action, if any, adverse reports are received,” the order adds.

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