Under the project, centralised kitchens would be set up in the districts of Haridwar, Dehradun, Udham Singh Nagar and Nainital to provide Mid Day Meal to students.
The much hyped centralised kitchen scheme to provide the Mid Day Meal (MDM) to the students of government schools has hit the Covid-19 roadblock. Termed Akshay Patra Yojana (APY) the scheme was launched amid much fanfare in February 2018 when a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was reached between the Hans Foundation and the education department of Uttarakhand. Under the project, modern centralised kitchens would be set up in the districts of Haridwar, Dehradun, Udham Singh Nagar and Nainital. Initially the implementation of the project was delayed as the administration could not provide land for these kitchens. Later when the land was provided and it was expected that these kitchens would start functioning from April this year, the Covid-19 pandemic hit the construction of these kitchens. When contacted the education secretary R Meenakshi Sundaram told The Pioneer that the first kitchen is expected to become operational in September in Dehradun. He said that the kitchens are being constructed in Dehradun, Rishikesh, Haridwar, Haldwani, Rudrapur and Kashipur. Sundaram said that the process of setting up of these kitchens would be expedited.
Under the scheme semi-automated kitchen would be built to cook MDM. These kitchens would have Chapati making machine which can produce over 20000 Chapatis in an hour. Cauldrons with capacity to cook more than 30000 litres of Dal and 6000 litres of cooked rice per day would be set up. The mid-day meals scheme is a crucial intervention in the education system which ensures that children are retained in school and that they are able to make better use of the benefits afforded by the government schools for furthering their education. The Hans foundation is at present serving MDM to the students in Vrindavan district of Uttar Pradesh (UP). The APY is at present being successfully implemented in many states like Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. Apart from relieving teachers from the task of preparing the MDM, the APY is economical to the state government as it has spent large sums on preparing of MDMs in the schools.
Tuesday, 18 August 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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