Funds awaited, teachers pool money for mid-day meals

With schools in Ludhiana district not receiving funds for the Mid-day Meal Scheme since August 15, the accounts of many institutes are running low. However, the schools still continue to implement the scheme either by contributing money or getting goods on credit.

Government Primary School, Sukhdev Nagar, last received the funds in July. “We received Rs 85,000 in July. Since the account was already running low, the funds exhausted in no time,” said Sukhbir Sekhon, head of the school.

Sekhon said the school had nearly 400 students and the approximate expenditure on the mid-day meal every month was around Rs 35,000. To continue with the scheme, the schools are taking rice, pulses, flour, etc. on credit while teachers are contributing to buy vegetables on a daily basis.

“The skyrocketing prices of vegetables are giving us a tough time. With onions being sold at Rs 60 and tomatoes at Rs 80, it is becoming difficult to make the both ends meet,” he said.

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