SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 16, 2020: Principal Secretary, School Education and Skill Development, Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon, today convened a meeting to review and discuss the status of directions given during Programme Approval Board (PAB) meeting of Samagra Shiksha and Mid-day-Meal (MDM) schemes for the year 2020-21.

Threadbare discussion was held on the action taken on various issues including coverage of Children, School working days, Funds flows mechanism, Management Monitoring and Evaluation (MME), Engagement of Cook-cum-Helpers (CCHs) and Honorarium, Kitchen-cum-Store, Kitchen Devices, School Nutrition (Kitchen) Gardens, School Health Programme, Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK), Supplementary Nutrition, Testing of meals, Grievance Redressal Mechanism and status of disposal of complaints, Training of Cook-cum-Helpers and other capacity building activities, Centralized Kitchens, Social Audit and Allowances during closure of schools due to Covid-19.

Principal Secretary asked the concerned authorities to keep close coordination with the Health Department to ensure hundred percent coverage of children under various provisions of RBSK. He said that testing of meals by NABL accredited/Third party accredited laboratory shall be conducted after reopening of schools during the year 2020-21. He also directed them to develop School Nutrition Gardens in all the remaining schools besides ensuring completion of procurement of sanctioned new kitchen devices.

Director Finance SED, Iftikhar Chauhan, Deputy Director Planning, Zahid Ahmed, Coordinator Samagra Shiksha, Sajad Ahmed Khan, Field Officer, Peerzada Mushtaq Ahmed were present in the meeting besides all CEOs, Executive Engineers and other concerned officers participated thorough video conferencing.