Mid Day meal in dire straits in Manipur: CRY representative

IMPHAL, July 30: A one day “Consultation and Interface on the status of the Right to Education in the Manipur” organised by the Manipur Alliance for Child Right was held at Hotel Imphal conference hall today.

The objective of the workshop was to assess the actual progress of the implementation of the Right of the Children to Free and Compulsory Education 2009 in the state.

Addressing the consultation program, Ashim Kumar Ghosh of Child Rights and You (CRY), Kolkata had said that after surveying 54 schools in 2011 and 42 schools in 2013 in Thoubal district for implementation of the Mid Day meal scheme the actual implementation of the scheme was found to be of an irregular nature.

He said that supply of food grains and salaries for the cooks were irregular in the schools which resulted in the improper implementation of the mid day meal in the schools.

The survey was conducted in 88 schools by the Manipur Alliance for Child Rights since December 2011 and the data from 65 schools were collected by CRY, he said.

He further said that the provision of drinking water in the state is almost negligible and it is more problematic in the hill districts.

There are no adequate toilet facilities in the government schools under SSA and RMSA in the state, he said.

Ashim however pointed out that the enrollment of Children With Special Needs have increased in Ukhrul, Thoubal, Bishnupur, Imphal West, Imphal East following the directives of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR).

Educational materials books, bags, uniform provided to the students under RTE have also been decreased from 88 percent in December 2011 to 86 percent in 2013, he said.

Speaking to media person K Pradipkumar, convenor MACR said that the funds provided to buy educational material under RTE is inadequate. 

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