Rs 97-crore central aid for Mid-day Meal scheme

The Centre will release Rs 97 crore for the state’s Mid-day Meal Scheme, out of this, Rs 85.5 crore will be allocated for modernising school kitchens and stores.

Published: 06th July 2013 10:41 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th July 2013 11:46 AM   |  A+A-


Students carrying hot cooked mid-day meals to their school from D Karpurakatte to Giriyapura in Hosadurga taluk of Chitradurga distric.

The Centre will release Rs 97 crore for the state’s Mid-day Meal Scheme in schools. Out of this, Rs 85.5 crore will be allocated for modernising school kitchens and stores and Rs 11.5 crore for replacing old utensils.

General Education Secretary K Elangovan told Express the financial aid for the scheme would be released shortly. He was speaking after a meeting of the State Monitoring and Steering Committee for the Scheme. The Centre has also decided to hike the allowance for cooks preparing meals in schools by `50. The committee has also recommended to the Centre to hike the noon-meal allocation per child by ` one.

“Cooks in schools with less than 150 students were being paid an allowance of Rs 150 and those in schools with more than 150 students were paid Rs 200. This has been hiked to Rs 200 and Rs 250,” Government School Teachers Union state president J Sasi, who is a member of the Committee, said.

The committee has recommended that the allocation of Rs 5 per child (in schools with less than 150 students) and Rs 6 per child (in schools with more than 150 students) for meeting cooking and fuel expenses be hiked by Rs one each. In order to ensure proper monitoring of the scheme, it has also decided to depute 38 officials at the district education officer-level and 14 officials at the deputy director-level.

Unrecognised Schools Face Closure

T’Puram: The government has decided to close down all unrecognised unaided schools in the state by April 30, 2014.According to a recent government order, a time frame has also been prescribed for those schools meeting the Right to Education (RTE) guidelines to obtain recognition. “As per the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, all unrecognised schools shall be closed down or a one-time fine imposed, which may extend to Rs one lakh, and a fine of Rs 10,000 for each day for which the school continues to function,” the order said.

Stay up to date on all the latest Kerala news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp