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MID-DAY MEAL SCHEME

 

SOUTH DELHI MUNICIPAL CORPORATION
EDUCATION DEPARTMENT: HQ
23RD Floor, DR. S.P.M Civic Centre,
J.L. Nehru Marg, Minto Road,
 New Delhi-110002

MID-DAY MEAL scheme at a glance

Statistical Overview

Total number of schools:

                                                                        (a) Primary Schools                              -  581
                                                                        (b) Independent Nursery Schools         -  14
                                                                        (c) Number of School sites                   -  426   
                                                                        (d) Number of Aided Schools               -  10
    
Total number of Students: as on 31.08.2016

                                                    (a) Primary Schools - 

                                                                        Boys                      128649
                                                                        Girls                       137183
                                                                        Total                      265832

                                                      (b) Nursery Schools - 

                                                                         Boys                      7283
                                                                         Girls                       8599
                                                                         Total                      15882

                                                       (c) Aided Schools-

                                                                        Boys                         1192
                                                                        Girls                          831
                                                                        Total                         2023

At present, 05 Voluntary Organizations/service providers have been entrusted with the work of providing cooked food to the children studying in all the school run and aided by the South DMC. All the five service providers are having well established semi automated kitchens. The details of the service providers are given below:

S. No.

Name of the Voluntary Organisations

Address of Voluntary Organisations

Zone Allocated

1

M/s  Stri Shakti

Khasara No. 32/16/1, Najafgarh Nangloi Road, Saffi Pur  Ranholla Village, New Delhi-110041

West Zone

2

M/s ISKCON Food Relief Foundation 

Khasra No. 284, Opp. Community Center, Aali Village,  Aali Vihar, Badarpur, Mathura Road, New Delhi-110076

Central Zone

3

M/s The People Welfare Society 

H. No.-110, Khasara No-189 Pole G-120 Village, Kakrola Near Namak Factory Delhi-110078

Najafgarh & South Zone

4

M/s Jay Gee Humanitarian Society

343, Sultan Pur Village M.G. Road Near Sultan Pur Metro Station, New Delhi-110030

Central & South Zone

5

M/s Ekta Shakti Foundation

Plot No-3 & 4, Matiala Extn. Uttam Nagar, New Delhi-110059

West & Najafgarh Zone

 

Weekly Menu of the Cooked Food

The weekly menu of cooked meal proposed to be provided to children shall be as under:

  1. Atta and besan Poori with mashed Potato and vegetable
  2. Poori with Kabuli Chholley
  3. Rice with Kabuli Chana
  4. Poori with Sabji
  5. Rice with Rajmah
  6. Rice with Sambar / Dal ( mixed with seasonal vegetables)

The wheat based and rice based items shall be supplied to the children on alternative days. The above menu items can be changed by the department at any time keeping in view the interest and acceptability of the children and nutrition contents.

Nutritional Value

The cooked meal is either wheat based or rice based as per the items decided by the South DMC keeping in view the food habits and acceptability of items by the children. The meal containing at least 450 Calories and minimum 12 grams of protein is being supplied to each student present in the schools for which the South DMC is paying Rs. 4.13/- per child per day w.e.f. 01.07.2016 in addition to supply of free wheat/rice @ per 100 gram per child per day to be lifted by the suppliers from godowns of the Food Corporation of India.

Prescribed Food Norms

The Ministry of HRD has prescribed food norms and Nutritional values of food as follows:-


S. No

Items

Primary

1

Food Grains

100gms

2

Pulse

20gms

3

Vegetables (leafy also)

50gms

4

Oil & Fat

5gms

5

Salt & Condiments

As per need

The implementation is ensured through the School level Mid Day Meal Monitoring Committee by tasting and testing of samples through Accredited Laboratory

 

Mechanism developed for ensuring quality of food/safety measures
 To maintain regularity, wholesomeness and over-all quality of mid-day meal served to children, the department has the following multi level mechanism :

  1. The food is checked daily by a Committee constituted at school level comprising of Principal of the school concerned, teacher in-charge of the Mid-day-Meal scheme, three mothers of children studying in the school, a senior citizen living in the vicinity or a member of School Management Committee. The quantity of the food is also ensured by the principal/incharge of the school by weighing it. School level register for tasting and checking is maintained in all the schools.
  2. The food is also tested in NABL accredited laboratories outsourced and empanelled by the department. Random sampling method has been adopted for lifting samples from schools and kitchens. Three samples from schools and four samples from kitchen of the meal served by each service provider are lifted per month.
  3.  

    Panel of the following laboratories has been assigned the work of lifting and testing the samples of Cooked Mid-Day Meal from schools and kitchens

    Name(s) of Laboratories

    Address

    ITL Labs Pvt Ltd,  New Delhi

    B-283-284, Mangol Puri Industrial Area, Phase –I, Delhi-110083,

    Fare Labs Pvt Ltd, Gurgaon

    P-94, Sector-30, Gurgaon-122002,Haryana                                                                                                                 419, Ansal Chamber, 2nd Bhikaji Cama Palace, New Delhi-110066

    Spectro Analytical Labs Ltd, Delhi

    E-41, Okhla Industrial Area, Phase-2, New Delhi – 110020

     

  4. Periodic and surprise inspections of kitchens are carried out by the authorities of the Education Department at zonal and HQs.

A continuous checking of mid-day meal is also done by officers of the department as and when they visit schools for general/surprise inspection. In compliance of the order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in the matter of “Antarrashtriya Manav Adhikaar Nigraani Vs. UOI & Others” W.P.(C) No. 618/2013 with I.A. No.1 & W.P.(C) No. 676/2013, the following information is placed on the website of the Department in order to make the information available to public in general as given in Annexure-A & Annexure-B below:

Annexure-A

 

Name of State:- South Delhi Municipal Corporation

S.N.

Question

status

Remark, if any

1.

Total No. of Schools (Govt./ Aided/ Local Bodies) & EGS/AIE Centres obligated to provide Mid day Meal

605

 

2.

Total No. of Schools (Govt./ Aided/ Local Bodies) & EGS/AIE Centres actually providing Mid day Meal

605

 

3.

Have any budgetary provisions made to provide assistance for cooking cost, infrastructure, procurement of kitchen devices/ construction of kitchen-cum-store room/ cooking utensils/ utensils for children to have food/ pure drinking water/ water for washing and cooking food and washing utensils/ dining room, if yes give details. (Pl. Ref. Clause 2.6 of MDMS)

The Cooked food under Mid-Day Meal Scheme in South DMC is supplied to the schools through outsourced Centralized Kitchens by Service Providers/ NGOs. Therefore, no budgetary provision is made to provide assistance for cooking cost for infrastructure, procurement of kitchen devices/construction of kitchen-cum-store room/cooking utensils/ utensils for children to have food/pure drinking water/ water for washing and cooking food and washing utensils/ dining room. However, MME fund is used at school level expenses as per MHRD guidelines.

 

4.

Have any State Norms formulated of expenditure under the different components of the Scheme as mentioned above, if yes, give details and bifurcation head-wise (Pl. Ref. Clause 2.6 r/w 3.3 of MDMS)

No, State Norms have been formulated for expenditure under the different components of the Scheme as mentioned above.

 

5.

Have any guidelines/ modalities developed for day to day management and monitoring of implementation of the MDM scheme, if yes give details. (Pl. Ref. Clause 3.4 to 3.6, 6.2 & Ann. 12 of MDMS)

The food is checked daily by a Committee constituted at school level comprising of Principal of the school concerned, teacher in-charge of the Mid-day-Meal scheme, three mothers of children studying in the school, a senior citizen living in the vicinity or a member of School Management Committee. The  food is served to the students only after it has been found fit for human consumption by the committee. The quantity of the food is also ensured by the principal/incharge of the school by weighing it. All the schools of South of South DMC are having weighing machines. School level register for tasting and checking is maintained in all the schools.
The food is also tested in NABL accredited laboratories outsourced and empanelled  by the department. Random sampling method has been adopted for lifting samples from schools and kitchens. Three samples from schools and four samples from kitchen of the meal served by each service provider are lifted per month.
Periodic and surprise inspections of kitchens are carried out by the authorities of the Education Department at zonal and HQs. A continuous checking of mid-day meal is also done by officers of the department as and when they visit schools for general/surprise inspection.

 

6.

Have any safety specification formulated for construction of kitchen-cum-store room (Pl. Ref. Clause 2.6  r/w 4.2 & Ann. 9 of MDMS) , if yes give details.

 

 

Yes, the supply of MDM is outsourced to empanelled Service Providers/ NGOs having minimum safety specifications for kitchen-cum store room as per the terms and conditions specified in EOI.  Safety specifications and other  various conditions such as entire infrastructure, buildings, cooking machinery and vehicles for transporting the food at the specified destination are made a part of contract agreement.

 

7.

Has any system established for Food Corporation of India for continuous and un-interrupted flow of foodgrains to all eligible schools and Centres, if yes give details. (Pl. Ref. Clause 2.6 r/w 3.7 & 3.8 of MDMS)

The supply of MDM is outsourced to empanelled Service Providers/ NGOs in South DMC. To ensure an un-interrupted flow of food grains to all Service Providers / NGOs, food grains are released/lifted in advance from FCI godowns in the presence of Officers of the South DMC.

 

8.

Have any guidelines formulated to promote and facilitate peoples’ participation in the MDM Scheme, if yes give details. (Pl. Ref. Clause 2.6 r/w 3.9 & 4.4 of MDMS)

School Management Committees (SMC) under RTE Act, 2009 have been constituted in each school of South DMC. The School Management Committee consists parents/guardians, elected representative of the local authority, social worker as members in addition to school Principal and teachers. 

 

9.

Have any guidelines framed for preparation of nutritious and economical Mid Day Meal, if yes give details. (Pl. Ref. Clause 4.1 of MDMS)

The nutrition as per guidelines of MHRD has already been specified in agreement with the Service Provider for supplying MDM.

 

10.

Has any IEC (Information, Education and Communication) activity undertaken to inform the end beneficiary i.e. the child through the parents about their fundamental right to receive and duty of the State to serve good quality and good quantity of hygienic food in dignified manner, if yes give details. (Pl. ref. Cl. 3.10)

 

School Management Committees (SMC) under RTE Act, 2009 have been constituted in each school of South DMC. The School  Management Committees consists parents /guardians, elected representative of the local authority, social worker as members in addition to school Principal and teachers.   These committees convey all the children/parents about their fundamental rights of receiving Mid Day Meal.

 

11.

Has any dedicated mechanism developed for public grievance redressal with wide publicity and easy accessibility, if yes give details.  Is there any separate web-site. (Pl. Ref. Clause 6.3 of MDMS)

As per section 32 of RTE Act 2009, guidelines for redressal of grievances of children / students have been issued.

 

12.

Have State Level, District Level and Block Level Steering-cum-Monitoring Committees been constituted, if yes give composition of each of the committee (Pl. Ref. Clause 3.2 r/w Ann. 8 of MDMS)

Not Applicable.

 

13.

What steps have taken for mobilization of mothers  to watch Mid Day Meal  (Pl. Ref. Circular dated 27.12.2005 of MHRD)

School Management Committees (SMC) under RTE Act have been constituted vide circular dated 25/03/2013 and in School  Management Committees parents/guardians, elected representative of the local authority, social worker are members in addition to school Principal and teachers.  In addition to the above, the food is checked daily by a Committee constituted at school level comprising of Principal of the school concerned, teacher in-charge of the Mid-day-Meal scheme, three mothers of children studying in the school, a senior citizen living in the vicinity or a member of School Management Committee.

 

14.

Does the State Government prepare and send all necessary information to MHRD in the manner as required under Para 5.1 r/w Ann. 11 and Para 5.4 r/w Form 1-3 of MDMS. Has any State Level Portal made to make available all this information for public at large.

The South DMC prepares and sends all necessary information to Directorate of Education through Monthly Progress Reports (MPR), Quarterly Progress Reports (QPR) and annual reports. Further, MDM information is also uploaded on MIS portal developed by MHRD.

 

15.

What is the status of setting up of dedicated website for MDM at State level linked with districts, please furnish the website address.

Presently there is no dedicated website for Mid-Day Meal in South DMC.

 

16.

What are the steps taken for training of cooks-cum-helpers on continuous basis on Food Safety and Hygiene

(Pl. ref. guidelines dated 13.02.2015 of MDM Division, MHRD.

As per the contract agreement between the department and the service providers/NGOs, regular medical check up of all the cook-cum helpers (CCHs) working in the kitchen and schools is mandatory.
Necessary instructions have also been issued from time to time to Service Providers to ensure that all the CCHs should cut their nail, wash hand with soap before processing/preparing/distribution of the meal and wear clean apron/head gears/gloves and to maintain high level personal hygiene.

 

17.

Is there any consequential provision of law in case a person is found guilty of not properly implementing various aspects of the Mid Day Meal Scheme? If not, then is the State has any proposal to bring such law in force for ensuring better implementation of MDM Scheme.

Necessary provisions have been made in the contract agreements entered with Service Providers/NGOs for imposition of penalty, award of compensation to the students and termination of agreement in case of default in MDM supply by Service Provider/NGO.

 

Annexure-B

School wise chart

Name of State- Delhi

South Delhi Municipal Corporation

 

Srl. No.

Question

Status

Remarks, if any

1.

Total No. of Students enrolled of the school?

2.84 lacs approximately

 

2.

Food Grains:

The supply of Cooked food under Mid-Day Meal Scheme to the schools of South DMC is outsourced through Centralized Kitchens of Service Providers/ NGOs. The food grains are transported from FCI godowns to  the stores of the Service Providers.

 

 

2(i).

 

Whether the food grains are transported from FCI or supply is taken from Fair Price Shop?

2(ii).

What are the arrangements for transporting food grains
from FCI godown/ Fair Price Shop to School to ensure that the actual quality and quantity as supplied by these agencies reaches to the school store room?

Food grains from FCI are distributed to the Service Providers by the representative of the Department to ensure actual quality and quantity of food grains to them. The Kitchens of the Service Provider are also checked from time to time by the officers of the Department.

 

3.

Cooking of Meal:

The Department decides the menu and the Service Providers are required to add the vegetables and pulses etc as per instructions of the Department.

3(i).

How quality of cooked meal, particularly addition of vegetables and supply of fruits, eggs etc. are ensured?

3(ii).

How is the calorific value [450 calories and 12 gms. of protein to every child at primary level & 700 calories and 20 gms. of protein to every child at upper primary level] ensured?

To ensure the  calorific value and protein in the cooked food, the food is regularly tested in NABL accredited laboratories outsourced and empanelled  by the department. Random sampling method has been adopted for lifting samples from schools and kitchens. Three samples from schools and four samples from kitchen of the meal served by each service provider are lifted per month.

3(iii).

What is the system of assessing the nutritional value of the meal under MDM Scheme?

To ensure nutritional value in the cooked food, the food is regularly tested in NABL accredited laboratories outsourced and empanelled  by the department.

 

3(iv).

Who is planning the weekly menu? Is the weekly menu displayed in the school?

Menu is prescribed by the South DMC  and directions have been issued for display of menu in each school.

 

 

3(v).

Have any nutritional experts been involved in planning and evaluation of menus and quality of food served under the programme?

No.

 

3(vi).

Is there any standard prescription to include minimum quantity of vegetables, dal/lentils? How its implementation is ensured?

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ministry of HRD has prescribed food norms and Nutritional values of food as follows:-


S. No

Items

Primary

1

Food Grains

100gms

2

Pulse

20gms

3

Vegetables (leafy also)

50gms

4

Oil & Fat

5gms

5

Salt & Condiments

As per need

            

 

 

 

 

 

 

3(vii).

Are eggs, fruits etc. being served and how frequently?

No.

 

4.

Monitoring:

To maintain regularity wholesomeness and over-all quality of mid-day meal served to children, the department has the following multi level mechanism :

  1. The food is checked daily by a Committee constituted at school level comprising of Principal of the school concerned, teacher in-charge of the Mid-day-Meal scheme, three mothers of children studying in the school, a senior citizen living in the vicinity or a member of School Management Committee. The quantity of the food is also ensured by the principal/incharge of the school by weighing it. School level register for tasting and checking is maintained in all the schools.
  2. The food is also tested in NABL accredited laboratories outsourced and empanelled  by the department. Random sampling method has been adopted for lifting samples from schools and kitchens. Three samples from schools and four samples from kitchen of the meal served by each service provider are lifted per month.
  3. Periodic and surprise inspections of kitchens are carried out by the authorities of the Education Department at zonal and HQs.
  4. A continuous checking of mid-day meal is also done by officers of the department as and when they visit schools for general/surprise inspection.

 

4(i).

Whether Regularity, wholesomeness and over-all quality of mid-day meal served to children is being monitored on daily basis, if yes, then by whom?

4(ii).

Whether Cleanliness in cooking, serving and consumption of mid-day meal is being monitored on daily basis, if yes then by whom?

Cleanliness in cooking is monitored by Service Providers and inspections of the kitchen are conducted by officers/officials of the Department. The serving and consumption of meal in school is monitored by the Committees at school level.

 

4(iii).

Whether timely procurement of Ingredients, fuel, etc. of good quality is monitored on weekly basis?

The supply of cooked food to the schools of South DMC has been outsourced through empanelled Service Provider. Food grains are provided to Service Providers through FCI in advance on monthly basis. The rest of the ingredients with AGMARK/FSSAI  are procured by Service Providers which are checked by officers/officials of the Department from time to time.

 

4(iv).

Whether Quantity of raw food material (each item) taken out for cooking is recorded in register on daily basis under signature of a designated monitoring person?

Since the supply of cooked food to the schools of South DMC has been outsourced through Service Providers and as per agreement, Service Providers are  to maintain stock register as well as daily consumption register in the kitchen which are regularly checked by officers/officials of the Department from time to time.

 

4(v).

Whether raw material is inspected daily before being put to use for cooking? Whether any register entry is maintained on daily basis under signature of a designated monitoring person?

 

Regular inspection of centralized kitchen of Service Providers  are done by the officers of the South DMC to ensure the quantity and quality of raw material, cooked foods as well as hygiene and cleanliness of the kitchen and personnel working in the kitchen.

 

5.

Infrastructure: Kitchen-cum-store/ Storage Bins/ Utensils/ water/ Fuel

The supply of Mid-Day Meal has been outsourced to the  empanelled Service Providers having requisite standard of prescribed specifications of infrastructure, equipment and other conditions.   

 

5(i).

Whether School/ Centre has pucca Kitchen-cum-Store as per specification of para 4.2 r/w Ann. 9? If yes then give size and other details of Kitchen and Store, both separately.

5(ii).

Whether cooked food is procured from a centralized kitchen? If yes, then give the distance of the centralized kitchen from the school. How much time it takes for the cooked food to reach the school and whether it comes hot, in good and eatable condition?

Yes, the food is procured through centralized kitchens. The average distance of the kitchen from the school is 10-20 Kms and it takes 10 minutes to 1 hour for transporting the meal to the schools in most of the cases.

 

5(iii).

What measures, if any, are being adopted to test and ensure quality and quantity of food In case food is procured from a centralized kitchen?

The food is checked daily by a Committee constituted at school level comprising of Principal of the school concerned, teacher in-charge of the Mid-day-Meal scheme, three mothers of children studying in the school, a senior citizen living in the vicinity or a member of School Management Committee.
The food is also tested in NABL accredited laboratories outsourced and empanelled  by the department.
Periodic and surprise inspections of kitchens are carried out by the authorities of the Education Department at zonal and HQs. A continuous checking of mid-day meal is also done by officers of the department as and when they visit schools for general/surprise inspection.

 

5(iv).

Whether School/ Centre has Storage Bins? If yes, give number, size and nature of Bins.

School does not have the kitchen hence the information may be treated as not applicable.

 

5(v).

Whether the School/ Centre has Cooking Utensils? If yes, give their number and size.

Not applicable as MDM is outsourced through empanelled Service Providers

 

5(vi).

Whether the School/ Centre has Utensils for children to have food(plate, glass, bowl, spoon, one each per child)

The Cooked food under Mid-Day Meal Scheme in South DMC is supplied to the schools through Centralized Kitchens by Service Providers/ NGOs. Hence, the school does not have any utensils for this purpose.

 

5(vii).

Whether the School/ Centre has functional hand wash facility/ counters with soap? If yes, give their number.

Yes, all 605 schools of South DMC have functional hand wash facility/Counters with soap. 

 

5(viii).

Whether the School/ Centre has proper arrangement for Pure drinking water?

 

Yes, all 605 schools of South DMC have proper arrangement for Pure drinking water.

 

5(ix).

Whether the School/ Centre has proper arrangement for clean water for washing vegetables, pulses, grains and cleaning used utensils?

 

Not applicable as MDM is outsourced through empanelled Service Providers

 

5(x).

Whether the School/ Centre has a suitable and child friendly eating place, say a dining room or veranda? If yes, give its size and other details for arrangements for light and air.

There is no specified eating place for students in the schools. The students take mid day meal in the classrooms and in halls where ever available.

 

5(xi).

Nature of fuel being used [gas based, smokeless chullhas, traditional method of firewood, kerosene, etc.].

Not applicable in case of South DMC as MDM is outsourced through empanelled Service Providers. However, use of LPG/PNG for cooking Mid Day Meal by the Service Provider is made a part of agreement.

 

5(xii).

Reason for not using gas based cooking and proposal to convert.

Not applicable in view of 5(xi) above.

 

6.

Infrastructure: Capacity Building:

The Department has been highlighting the guidelines, precautions and monitoring of mid day meal in the seminars organized for teachers.
       The department has allotted all CCHs to service providers with the instructions to engage them on the basis of terms and conditions provided by the MHRD,  as it is their duty to train them.

 

6(i).

Details of Plan to train Teachers and organizers/ cooks/ helpers?

6(iii).

Are VECs (Village Education Committees), SMCs (Steering and Monitoring Committee), MTAs (Mothers-Teachers Association), etc. oriented for effective implementation through their close supervision?

In South DMC, MDM is outsourced through empanelled Service Providers. However, in order to have proper checks on quality of food hygiene etc., the School MDM Committee and School Management Committee (SMC) have been constituted. Principals/HOSs, Zonal Education officers and District Dy. Directors have also been issued for proper monitoring of MDM scheme.

 

7.

Role of Teachers:

The Department has been highlighting the guidelines, precautions and monitoring of mid day meal in the seminars organized for teachers and also has been issuing orders and circulars from time to time based on Ministry of HRD guidelines.

 

7(i).

Details of orienting Teachers regarding their role in the Scheme?

7(ii).

 

Has a training module been developed in 20 days in-service training for teachers under SSA (Sarva Siksha Abhiyaan)? Details of Teacher training conducted in this regard.

This does not apply in case of South DMC as MDM is outsourced through empanelled Service Providers.

 

7(iii).

 

Whether teachers are using the scheme to educate children about hygiene, discipline, social equity, conservation of water, etc.

Yes, instructions to principals and teacher are issued from time to time for ensuring hand washing before and after taking meal by the students, hygiene, discipline, social equity, conservation of water etc.

 

8.

Cooks :

Cook-cum-helpers engaged by NGOs/ empanelled Service Provider prepare MDM. The CCHs are allocated to the Service provider as per guidelines of the MHRD on the basis of number of students allotted to them.

 

8(i)

Who is cooking the meal? (Please give breakup)

(i) Cooks/helpers engaged by the Department/Village Panchayat
(ii) Self-Help Groups
(iii) NGOs
(iv) Mothers Groups
(v) Any other

 

8(ii)

Where NGOs are involved, it may be specified whether their selection is in accordance with the guidelines of MDM Scheme.

The Cooked food under Mid-Day Meal Scheme in South DMC is supplied to the schools through Centralized Kitchens by Service Providers/ NGOs. who have been outsourced and  selected as per the EOI terms & Conditions.

 

8(iii).

Total No. of Organizers, Cooks & helpers :

5 NGOs/Service Provider and 3173 Cook cum helpers are engaged for the year 2017-18.

 

8(iv).

Are cooks/ helpers given training (atleast 15 days) on cleanliness, personal hygiene, cleaning of cooking area, cleaning  and washing of food grains, etc. before using, and good practices of cooking, prior to employing/ deploying them on the job for preparing Mid day Meal for children.

As per terms and condition of the contract agreement the Service Provider are to engage Cook cum Helpers. There is no role of Department, presently, to train cook cum helpers engaged by the Service Providers. Routine/Periodical medical checkup of cook cum helpers is mandatory as per the contract agreement. Safety guidelines for personal hygiene and cleanliness are issued by the department to the service providers from time to time.

 

8(v).

Remuneration being given to (i) Organisers, (ii) Head Cook, (iii) Cook and (iv) Helper.

As per guidelines of MHRD, remuneration/honorarium of Rs.1000 per month to each CCH is paid through NGOs/Service Providers as their engagement is purely on part time basis.

 

8(vi).

Who is engaging the cook? How they are appointed and what is the mechanism for ensuring accountability? Are there any norms?

Since, MDM is outsourced through NGOs/ empanelled Service Providers, the engagement of CCHs is carried out by them. The accountability of engagement of CCH is with the Service Providers.

 

8(vii).

Have Self-Help Groups been tapped for the programme? [If not, constraints in this regard]

Not applicable.

 

9.

Steering-cum-Monitoring Committees:
 

The food is checked daily by a committee constituted at school level. Periodic and surprise inspections of kitchens are carried out by the Officials/Officers of South DMC. A Continuous checking of mid day meal is also done by officers of the Department as and when they visit school for routine/surprise inspection.

 

9(i).

Whether Steering-cum-Monitoring Committees constituted at District and block level and whether regular meetings are held, frequency of meetings?

10.

Mobilization of mothers/ representatives of local bodies:

The Cooked food under Mid-Day Meal Scheme in South DMC is supplied to the schools through Centralized Kitchens by Service Providers/ NGOs outsourced by the department.  Therefore, there is no involvement of mothers/ representatives of local bodies/ Gram Panchayats/ Gram Sabhas, etc.,  taking turns to supervise preparation of meals.  However there is a involvement of mothers/ representatives of local bodies in checking of MDM and feeding of children.

 

10(i).

What are the steps taken to involve mothers/ representatives of local bodies/ Gram Panchayats/ Gram Sabhas, etc.,  taking turns to supervise preparation of meals and feeding of children. What is the effect of this initiative?

10(ii).

What are the mechanisms for monitoring the Scheme?

The food is checked daily by a Committee constituted at school level comprising of Principal of the school concerned, teacher in-charge of the Mid-day-Meal scheme, three mothers of children studying in the school, a senior citizen living in the vicinity or a member of School Management Committee.
The food is also tested in NABL accredited laboratories outsourced and empanelled  by the department. Random sampling method has been adopted for lifting samples from schools and kitchens.
Periodic and surprise inspections of kitchens are carried out by the authorities of the Education Department at zonal and HQs. A continuous checking of mid-day meal is also done by officers of the department as and when they visit schools for general/surprise inspection.

 

10(iii).

Whether quarterly assessment of the programme through District Institutes of Education & Trainings has begun?

No

 

11.

External evaluation of the programme :

No

 

11(i).

Whether evaluation through external agency(s) commissioned? If yes, what are the parameters of the study?