Bangalore: From now on, school children will get ‘Ragi Mudde’ and ‘Jolada Rotti’ in the afternoon. School and Literacy Department is providing mid-day meal to school children with the aim of providing nutritious meals to children.
Presently they are offering Palau, Wheat Paisa, Rice, Sambar, besides this they have decided to offer Ragi Mudde towards South Karnataka and Corn Roti towards North Karnataka. Preparations for this are going on and the education department is waiting for the permission of the central government and the grant.
Generally in many districts like Bangalore, Ramanagara, Mysore, Chikkaballapur in the southern part of Karnataka, eating ragi mudde is customary. However, lumps are not common in mountainous and coastal areas. Roti is no longer eaten in all parts of North Karnataka. In this background it is difficult to make district wise segmentation for lump and roti. Therefore, the Department of Public Education has decided to divide the districts into taluks instead.
50 g lump/roti: The department has thought of fixing the lump size based on the eating capacity of the students. For now, the department is of the opinion that 50 gram lumps are suitable. Since making lump is a challenging task, if it is not possible to give lump, the department has also thought of providing ‘Ragi Ambali’ as an alternative.
Calculate: 2021 – Changed food items under Pradhan Mantri Poshan Shakti Nirman (Midday Meal Scheme) scheme for 22nd year. The state government has introduced Ksheera Bhagya. Recently, it has been offering eggs, bananas, and chickpeas. There are a total of 1,18,586 BSI workers in the state including 47,250 head cooks and 71,336 kitchen assistants under midday BSI. The idea of the Education Department is that if the central government gets the grant, it will facilitate the implementation of the project.
Breakfast Plan: In 2002-03, the government implemented the midday hot breakfast scheme with the aim of inviting children to school. Students of class 1 to 10 are getting the benefit of the scheme. 56.49 lakh students from 55,464 educational institutions are benefiting from mid-day heating.