Mid-day meal cooking cost up by 11 per cent in Punjab - ECAS Punjab

Mid-day meal cooking cost up by 11 per cent in Punjab

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Faridkot, May 20

The state government has revised the cooking cost for mid-day meal for over 26 lakh students in primary classes (I to V) and upper primary classes (VI to VIII) in government schools, increasing it by 11 per cent.

The per day per student cooking cost has been increased from Rs 4.48 to Rs 4.97 for primary classes and Rs 6.71 to Rs 7.45 for upper primary classes. Last year, the cooking cost was increased by about 3 per cent in June.

The revised cost will be effective from May 15, read a letter issued by the manager, Punjab Mid-Day Meal Scheme, to all district education officers. The cooking cost under the scheme involves purchase of cooking oil, pulses, vegetables and condiments. Under the national programme, 60 per cent of the cooking cost is shared by the Centre and 40 per cent by the state.

However in UTs, the cost is borne 100 per cent by the Centre, while in Himachal, Jamp;K and Uttarakhand, the share is in 90:10 ratio. — TNS



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