Edu dept launches website to monitor midday meal scheme

Edu dept launches website to monitor midday meal scheme

A file picture of children having mid-day meals in schools. Hundreds of schools in Udupi district have not been able to cook mid-day meals due to water scarcity.

The department of Public Instruction (DPI) had developed a website for the effective implementation of mid-day meal scheme in schools, said the deputy director of the department of public instruction K Rathnaiah.

He was speaking to reporters here on Sunday. He said that the proposed move also intended to reduce burden on headmasters in schools.

“The website has been introduced on experimental basis in Bengaluru rural, Sandur taluk in Ballari district and Yadgir taluk in Yadgir district. Response has been good,” he said.

Rathnaiah said that the commissioner of the department had issued a circular in this regard.

“The objectives of the website include supervision of officials at school, cluster, taluk and district-levels. It also helps the evaluation process. The website helps enter demand for food grains based on beneficiaries, uploading of data and to maintain transparency,” he said.

He said that all government, government aided primary and high schools had been directed to upload the details for the year 2020-21 without fail. The commissioner had directed the head masters to use Rs 250 in the available grants every month as internet charges to ensure installation of the website.

“Training is being imparted at the district-level from resources persons for the installation of the website. The commissioner has directed to identify the expert resources persons and deploy them at taluks for the installation works. The state-level training programme will be held at Shikshakara Sadana in Bengaluru on April 30,” he said.

Rathnaiah said that the district-level training would be held at the district headquarters on May 2. Akshara Dasoha scheme assistant directors and subject managers had been asked to attend. Training will be imparted to head masters and cluster resources persons at taluk-level on May 6.

“The head masters will upload the data on experimental basis from May 15,” he said.