FCI to allocate 18400 MT free rice for midday meal


Food Corporation of India (FCI) would allocate 18400 metric tons free rice quota to Himachal Pradesh running midday meal program from class 1 to 8, in all state owned schools.

Presiding over 2nd day function at the three days Bharat Nirman Press Information Campaign being organized by Press Information Bureau Shimla at Jaisinghpur, Chief Parliamentary Secretary (Food) Neeraj Bharti said that FCI would offer free rice quota for midday meals.

State government is committed to ensure the high quality and nourished food to all students studying in primary and upper primary classes, he said.

The scholarships are being directly remitted to 80 percent students directly in their bank account under direct benefit transfer scheme to be expanded to left out students soon.

Sarav Shikasha Abhiyan district coordinator Nikhil Sharma Jaisinghpur (Kangra) said that a toll free number would be marked in all the schools to help the parents to their complaints with school authorities .

Mr. Sharma said that complaint could be lodged between 10.30 am to 03.30 hours daily on toll free number 18001808007 if anyone have any grievance.

Speaking on the Right to Education, he said that state has made an outlay of Rs. 215 crores under the program. Out of this Rs. 34.10 crore would be spent in Kangra district this year.

He said that six Non Resident Bridge Centre (NRBCs) were functioning in the district, whereas almost 100 percent children have been enrolled in the mainstream education.

He also added that state government was running different schemes to improve the enrollment and reduce the dropouts. RTE, universalisation of education and midday meal programs were also proving beneficial to increase the number of students in the school.

Speaking on Prime Minister’s Twenty points program Aseem Sood said that government was also providing the financial benefits to modernization of educational institutes belonging to minorities.

Deputy Director of Primary Education Bhajan Singh said that state government was offering number of scholarship schemes to outstanding students.

A rally was flagged off by tehsildar Gaurav Mahajan which was organized by students of senior secondary and primary school, Jaisinghpur.

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