PNS | Hyderabad
The Telangana government rolled out the Chief Minister’s Breakfast Scheme for students studying in government schools as part of its humanitarian approach to development.
BRS ministers inaugurated the scheme on Friday at schools in various districts by having breakfast with students.The scheme leads to better education and physical fitness is also taken care of.
The scheme, aimed at providing nutritious food to students along with quality education will be implemented across the state later this month when schools reopen after Dasara holidays.
About 23 lakh students studying in 67,147 government schools across the state will be served breakfast, said the minister for municipal administration and urban development, KT Rama Rao, who launched the scheme at a school in West Marredpally in Secunderabad.
The breakfast for all students from Classes 1 to 10 will be served 45 minutes before the commencement of classes.
The breakfast menu has idli sambar, wheat rava, upma chutney, poori, aaloo khorma, tomato bhath, khichdi and pongal. The Minister for Education, Sabitha Indra Reddy, inaugurated the scheme at a school at Ravirala in Rangareddy district.
Home Minister Mahmood Ali launched the CM’s Breakfast Scheme in the Uppal area of Hyderabad. Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao announced this scheme last month as a Dasara gift. The scheme will cost an additional Rs 400 crore to the exchequer annually.
The government said that along with providing nutritious food to students belonging to poor families it is taking steps towards increasing their focus on studies.
The scheme was launched keeping in view the difficulties faced by the parents of students who are farm workers and leave their houses for work in the morning. KCR had recently sent a team of IAS officers to examine the implementation of this scheme in Tamil Nadu. A team of officers, who studied the breakfast scheme for students, submitted a report to the government.
It was brought to the CM’s attention that in Tamil Nadu it is being implemented only up to Class 5. KCR decided to introduce the scheme covering high school students as well. KTR said the implementation of the scheme has been entrusted to the Manna Trust, which has a centralized kitchen in Uppal in Hyderabad with a capacity of two lakh meals.
He asked municipal officials to ensure quality food and to collect random samples and get them tested frequently.