Committee nods Meals scheme in Govt Colleges

Hyderabad: A Cabinet Sub Committee today tasted the nutritious food prepared by Akshaya Patra Foundation and asked the latter to go ahead to supply it to all government colleges across 31 districts.

Committee Chairman and Deputy Chief Minister Kadiam Srihari along with members T Harish Rao, E Rajender, Jogu Ramanna and Indrakaran Reddy at Secretariat briefly discussed on the new scheme of midday meals to government colleges to be launched. All of them tasted the lip-smacking food items served by foundation members at Secretariat here on the occasion. Followed by a directive from Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, the committee decided to implement the mid day meals scheme and sought a report by August 6. The foundation said it will submit it in three to four days. It will launch six new kitchens in addition to existing kitchens in Narsingi, Kothagudem, Mahabubnagar and Warangal, the foundation members said.

The foundation was also instructed to consult if necessary with nearby hotels and Messes to take their help to supply the food to the colleges in the districts. On the launch it will provide nutritious food to about 5 lakh students in all government colleges including Junior, Degree, Professionals, B Ed, D Ed, Poly Technic and Model Junior and others. It was also asked to submit a report on the plan for nutritious food items to be served to the students across the state. Along with Srihari those present were Finance Minister E Rajender, Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao and Housing Minister A Indrakaran Reddy and officials.

It may be said here that the noted Akshaya Patra Foundation was asked to implement the new scheme. The committee sought the food items including Pulihora, black rice, upma, korralu, jonnalu, ragulu and sajjalu. Education Principal Secretary Ranjiv Acharya, Higher Education Commissioner Navin Mittal, Inter Board Secretary Ashok, State Model Junior Colleges Director Satyanarayan Reddy and other officials were present.(NSS)