PTAs can opt out of mid-day meal: CM

PTI, PANAJI | 29 July 2013 22:37 IST

The schools and the parents can now opt out of the mid-day meal scheme for students, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar announced here today.

"If the Parent-teachers Associations and school managements were not able to monitor the quality of mid-day meals served in the school, the government would not object to stoppage of the scheme at the particular school, if such a request is made," Parrikar said. 

The statement comes in the wake of three incidents of reported food poisoning in the schools in the state. 

A few days ago, 19 students from a school in Pernem tehsil had to be treated for suspected ill-effects of mid-day meal. 

Further, the schools would be free to select the local self-help group for supply of the meals. Education department will issue clear guidelines in this regard by weekend, Parrikar said. 

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister also distributed to media copies of a report by the state Food and Drug Administration, which says that there was no food poisoning in the incident at a school in Usgao.

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Instead of Food, Government must give monthly one thousand rupees as food allowance.

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