When it comes to implementation of welfare schemes, a common complaint is that rural areas feel left out as far as coverage goes compared to urban centres. Therefore, it is ironic that the government’s Ksheera Bhagya scheme, which supplies milk to children of government schools, is yet to reach BBMP schools in the city. Officials said that DDPI’s instructions on the issue were still awaited.
BBMP Commissioner M Lakshminarayana said that the programme is a good initiative and it will strengthen nutritional supplement programmes at BBMP schools, where many poor children study.
“I have already sent the files to the Education Department. They said that the files will be cleared in two days,” he added.
Lakshminarayana stated that he has spoken to the primary education commissioner to clear the files and start the scheme.
KMF Ready to Supply Milk: MD
Speaking to Express, Karnataka Milk Federation MD A S Premanath said that a proposal has been sent to the BBMP, seeking its requirements.
“Earlier, the BBMP used to supply flavoured milk, but it was stopped. Now, the programme is on and we can supply them fresh milk as we have two dairies in Bangalore,” he explained.
Premanath that each child will be given 150 ml of milk. He noted that the BBMP is awaiting the government’s response on financial assistance. Once this is provided, the milk will be supplied, he noted.
‘It Will be Rolled Out Soon’
Meanwhile, principal secretary (Higher Education) and in-charge (Primary Education), Rajaneesh Goel said that the proposal is with the education commissioner.
He assured that the department will clear the files soon and help BBMP in meetings its requirements.