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Mid-day meal scheme under RTI scanner

Posted by rtiact2005 on October 24, 2006

Mid-day meal scheme under RTI scanner
Tuesday October 24 2006 00:07 ISTUNI

http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IEH20061023134549&Title=Top+Stories&rLink=0

NEW DELHI: In deference to the Right to Information Act, schools will now have to display information regarding the quantity, quality and utilisation of food served under the mid-day meal scheme.

They will also have to furnish the number of children given mid day meals, daily menu, and the roster of community members involved in the programme.

This is one of the steps the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has asked states to take for monitoring the implementation of the mid-day meal (MDM) scheme and its impact.

State governments have been advised to fix monthly targets for inspection of mid-day meals. As per the directives, on an average, 25 per cent of primary schools should be visited every quarter and the remaining at least once every year.

According to the HRD Ministry directive, the inspections should be simple and able to capture all vital parameters required for the effective implementation of programmes at the field level.

As far as possible, field visits should be made unannounced. They should be used for critical observation and interviewing broad range of individuals involved in the programme.

Inspection reports are a very important part of monitoring documentation and they should be analysed in depth and linked with previous reports on the same centres.

The findings of the reports should be documented and reported in steering-cum-monitoring committee meetings at all levels and suitable remedial/corrective measures should be initiated without any delay.

Social science institutions have also been entrusted the task of monitoring the mid-day meal scheme.

In addition to the above, states are required to develop a mechanism for public grievance redressal, which should be widely publicised and made easily accessible.

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One Response to “Mid-day meal scheme under RTI scanner”

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