HYDERABAD: The state government has removed the cap on mid-day meal items provided to school-going children in residential schools and hostels in the state.
Replying to questions in the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday, minister for civil supplies and finance Etela Rajender said chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao felt that it would be unfair to limit the quantity of food for children to 150, 200 or 300 grams of rice, considering their nutritional needs at the growing age and declared that the government was determined to run the scheme in the best manner possible.
Whatever may be the expenditure, he said, the government will bear the entire expenditure to ensure successful implementation of the scheme.
An amount of ` 2,200 crore was allocated in the budget under subsidy-on-rice scheme which will cover subsidy on issue of superfine quality rice for students in schools and hostels.
About two lakh tonnes of fine rice will be required for the current financial year and the government will procure it. So far, a quantity of 71,729 tonnes (32,299 for hostels and 39,430 for schools) of superfine rice (sanna biyyam) has been supplied to 3,036 hostels (5.39 lakh children) and 34,319 schools (29.86 lakh students).
An amount of ` 104.78 crore has been spent so far to provide subsidy on the distribution of superfine quality rice, Rajender added.