STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Telangana pays no heed to HRD Ministry's advisory on mid-day meal amid COVID-19 lockdown

Since the issuance of advisory by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development on March 20, many States have taken a decision on how to proceed with the provision of mid-day meals to its students.

Published: 02nd April 2020 08:31 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd April 2020 08:31 AM   |  A+A-

Mid-day meals

Representational Image. (File photo| EPS)

By Express News Service

HYDERABAD: The Telangana government continues to ignore the Centre’s advisory to either deliver hot meals to all the children or provide them Food Security Allowance in the absence of mid-day meals at government schools owing to the country-wide lockdown.

Since the issuance of advisory by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development on March 20, many States have taken a decision on how to proceed with the provision of mid-day meals to its students.

While a few States like Assam and Delhi have decided to send packed meals to the homes of children, some other States, including Andhra Pradesh and Haryana, have decided to provide dry rations to students. But the Telangana government is yet to take any policy decision on the issue. Telangana has around 20 lakh students enrolled in government schools who are eligible for the mid-day meal scheme. 

When contacted, senior officials of the School Education Department said there have been no specific directions from the State government to them on the measures to be taken to continue the mid-day meal scheme.

A senior official of the department said, "The State government will be providing 12-kg rice to all the white ration card-holders and Rs 1,500. This will cover the families of many children."

However, when asked if any decision has been taken with regard to the implementation of mid-day meal scheme in compliance with the MHRD advisory, the official said, "The government is to take a decision on it. We have not received any communication about it."

Stay up to date on all the latest Telangana news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

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 newindianexpress.com 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 newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com 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. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp