Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Saturday said the Union government will soon send a team to review the implementation of mid-day meal scheme in various parts of West Bengal.
“On January 5, Leader of Opposition Swaindu Adhikari made a submission to the Government of India. Keeping this in mind, the department has implemented a Joint Review Mission JRM, which will involve all experts and nutritionists while In 2020 the state had objected to any such Joint Review Mission (JRM) visit, this time we are committed to sending the JRM,” Pradhan said while addressing reporters.
He added that central officials, state officials and state experts would be part of the proposed team.
In a letter to Pradhan, Adhikari urged the Union Education Minister to send a central audit team to probe the alleged massive misuse of mid-day meal funds.
According to an official statement by the Ministry of Education, the JRM will visit West Bengal and review some major areas, including the implementation of the scheme for a specified period on parameters set at the state, district and school levels. included.
“The JRM will also review the flow of funds from the state to schools/implementing agencies, the coverage of the scheme and the availability of administrative structures at the state, district and block levels. will review,” the ministry said on Friday.
Recently, the West Bengal government decided to offer chicken and seasonal fruits in the mid-day meal for four months starting from January and ₹371 crores to introduce it. According to an official notification, chicken and seasonal fruits will be offered once a week for four months for additional nutrition under PM potion.
Pradhan further attacked the Mamata Banerjee government and said that the education policy in West Bengal was not working properly due to corruption.
“We need to educate the public so that they can make better choices in the next elections,” he added.
Pradhan later visited the residence of a Bharatiya Janata Party worker and had lunch with others in Kolkata.
Notably, the party is ramping up its preparations for the panchayat polls, which are likely to be held early this year.
The election will be crucial as it is being seen as a litmus test for both the Trinamool Congress and the opposition BJP ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
While the BJP managed to win 18 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal in the 2019 general elections, the TMC returned to power in the 2021 assembly elections with a third consecutive majority.