The Sentinel: Wokha (Nagaland): Wednesday, February 15, 2017.
An RTI has found that the Mid Day Meal (MDM) scheme is not being properly implemented in Nagaland. In a response to an RTI filed by ST Yapang Lkr in March, 2016, the Director, First Appellate Authority for the Directorate of School Education, Government of Nagaland stated that every school going child in the primary sector on every school working day is to be provided with MDM. “The guideline for the scheme is to provide hot cooked meal with 450 calories and 12g of protein to every child at Primary level and 700 calories and 20g of protein to Upper Primary level,” he said.
However, in a letter to the authorities, ST Yapang Lkr stated that no school in Mokokchung district has been found practicing the MDM guidelines provided by the Government and has asked for the authorities to furnish details if there are any schools that follow the guidelines.
The RTI had also enquired the quantity of rice and the number of days for which the MDM was provided in the year 2011-2012 to 2014-15. However, it was found that Sub Divisional Education Officers under Mokokchung district could not answer the question.
ST Yapang Lkr maintained that if the Department is unable to furnish details of the same within 10 days, a second appeal will be filed. Lkr noted that it would be beneficial for the people and society as a whole if schools could discuss the matter with the public if provisions supplied for MDM are not sufficient or if the supplies for each student are not provided according to the guidelines of the State Government.
Lkr also said that in order to investigate such malpractices, a facebook group was made and some important and trustworthy people assigned to find out more.