Milk powder for school children from August

On the backdrop of government’s scheme of providing powder milk to school students studying in government and government aided schools, the departments concerned are in the process of effectively implementing the programme.

While the Mysore-Chamarajanagar District Cooperative Milk Producers Societies Union Ltd (Mymul) is all set to deliver the 48 tonne powder milk required for the same in Mysore and Chamarajanagar districts, the departments of Public Instructions and Women and Child Welfare are seen making necessary preparations for providing milk in powder form for students between Anganawadi to 10th standard. The scheme to be launched on August 1, is said to benefit 4.3 lakh students in the district.

The departments have also received instructions on preparations of milk at schools and Anganwadis, though Mymul is yet to receive an official communication from the government.
Suresh Babu, Managing Director, Mymul, told Deccan Herald that Mymul would supply the milk powder to taluk headquarters every 15 days. A total of 48 tonnes of skimmed and whole milk powder has been procured by the union to dispatch it to various taluks. The union also has necessary transportation facilities readied.

On alternate days

N R Vijay, Deputy Director, District Women and Child Welfare Department, said that each child would be provided with 15 mg of powder which would be boiled in 150 ml of water every alternate day for three days in a week.

He said that the district had 1,141 severely malnourished children out of the total 1,62,415 children in 2,827 Anganawadis, who were till now being provided milk for two days and eggs for four days a week. This part as many as  2,63,570 school children in the district will benefit from the scheme.
Anganwadi workers have been instructed to provide milk at 10 am, and ensure that the supply does not clash with breakfast which is served at 11 am. “Booklets comprising instructions have been provided to them,” he added.

The teachers and Anganawadi workers have also been directed to submit the estimates of required amount of powder, 15 days before hand to KMF.

Vijay noted that Anganawadi children would be provided with skimmed milk powder, while, school students would get whole milk powder. 

The authorities have also instructed midday meal workers to reach their respective schools within 9.30 am. For this the workers will be given an additional honorarium of Rs 100.

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