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Posted at: Oct 12, 2018, 12:16 AM; last updated: Oct 12, 2018, 12:16 AM (IST)

Mid-day meal scam surfaces in Spiti schools

Report says 866 quintal rice never reached 98 schools

Will take action: DC

  • During 2016, heads of schools in Spiti wrote a letter to the Director, Elementary Education, requesting him to discontinue the scheme for they could no longer run it.
  • Lahaul-Spiti DC Ashwani Chaudhary said they would examine the report and take action against erring officials.

Kuldeep Chauhan

Tribune News Service

Shimla, October 11

A mid-day meal scam has come to light in Spiti. Over 866 quintal rice for 6,512 schoolchildren in 98 schools in the valley never reached them from April 2014 to September 2016, revealed a report of the Deputy Director, Inspection, Lahaul-Spiti, submitted to the Director, Higher Education, for action.

According to the report, accessed by The Tribune, 4,304 schoolchildren in 68 primary schools and 2,208 in 30 upper primary schools in Spiti had been denied the rice. The report dated September 24, 2018, was submitted by the Deputy Director (Inspection), Keylong, to the Joint Director (Inspection), Directorate of Higher Education, Shimla, for further action. An inspection team consisting of Suresh Vidyarthi, Deputy Director, and Chhewang Dorje, Block Elementary Education Officer (BEEO), inspected 98 schools from June 18, 2018, to June 28 and came out with the findings.

They checked mid-day meal stock registers of all schools that showed these had not received rice since April 2014 to September 2016.

“The norms for mid-day meal are that nodal agencies - the HP Food and Civil Supply Corporation and FCI - lift stock from FCI godowns and transport it to the nearest fair price shops and they distribute it in designated schools,” the report said

The team collected evidence regarding the demand of the foodgrain from schools, the office of the BEEO, Kaza, and the Deputy Director, Elementary Education, Kaza, and cited allocation and authority letters, release orders and lifting information, the report said.

During 2016, heads of schools in Spiti wrote a letter to the Director, Elementary Education, requesting him to discontinue the scheme for they could no longer run it, the inspection found.

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