Kitchen Plan For Schools

Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi today said that every Government school in State will have its own concrete kitchen by December end.

The State Government’s target of having a pucca (concrete) kitchen in each government- run school of Odisha is nearing completion.

“Out of the 58,000 schools in the State, 16,000 are yet to have concrete kitchens and we intend to furnish these schools with pucca kitchens by December-end. We also have the resources for construction”, Padhi said at a review meeting at the State Secretariat in this regard. 

The Government’s decision would bring relief to lakhs of school students, who consume their mid-day meals in schools, as a better kitchen would bring in more hygiene.

Numerous cases have been reported of students of Government schools falling sick after eating contaminated food.

Earlier in 2014 over 300 school students in the Sanakhemundi block of Ganjam district were taken ill after finishing their meals at school.

Notably, in 2015 around 40 students of the Government-run Udayabata Upper Primary school in Kendrapara District fell ill after eating mid-day meal in school while in 2016, around 34 students of another Government-run upper primary school in Kendrapara district were hospitalised after eating caterpillar-infested curry.

As many as 58,000 schools run the mid-day meal scheme benefitting nearly 47 lakh students.

Concrete kitchen have been constructed in over 42,000 schools and construction work has been taken up in over 16,000 schools, said sources.

Each kitchen costs around Rs 1.25lakh and a guide line has been sent to all Blocks on construction.

Nearly seven kitchen complex in State have joined the mid-day meal scheme contributing a portion of the expenses from their kitty too.

These organizations include Akshayapatra, Manna Trust, People’s Forum and Krishna Kripa Trust, said sources. 

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