JAGATSINGHPUR: Students of Allikalli Primary School in Tirtol block of the district have been deprived of mid-day meal (MDM) for the last one week due to delay in supply of rice and other essential commodities. As many as 75 students are studying in this school.
For the last five days, students of Kothi High School and Balitutha High School in Erasama block are also not getting their mid-day meals as supply of food grains has been stopped.
On Wednesday, irate villagers had locked Allikalli Primary School for non-supply of MDM meals to the students. While teachers of Balitutha High School managed the show by borrowing rice from local villagers for some days, they had to stop cooking MDM from Saturday. This school has 40 children on its roll.
A headmistress, requesting anonymity, said the rice, pulses and other essential commodities required for cooking the meals are not being supplied to schools on time after they reopened on June 17. Block Education Officer Krutibas Barik said the District Education Officer has been informed about the problem.