No peanut candy; Free food kit distribution for school students yet to be completed

K V Kala

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Balussery: The government’s promise to distribute free food kit for school children during Onam season is still to be fulfilled. Even after two months, only less than 2 lakh kits were distributed all over the state. The Civil Supplies Corporation (Supplyco) said that the delay is due to unavailability of some items in the kit.

The distribution agencies failed to deliver items such as peanut candy, ragi powder (finger millet flour) and roasted rava. The Supplyco authorities said that they have to get a fresh order from the Education Department to replace these items.

Earlier, it was informed that the food items worth Rs 498 will be given for LP students and items worth Rs 798 for UP students. A total of 27 lakh students are eligible for the kit in government, aided and special schools.

It was notified that the kit distribution will start from August. The Education Department had instructed Supplyco to complete the distribution before Onam. The kit containing 8 items was to be given for children of classes 1-8 as per Food Security Act. But rice from April to Onam season only was distributed.

The kit was prepared including the rice granted by the Centre and the allowance given by the state for midday meals. Apart from rice, green gram, black gram, toor dal, roasted rava, coconut oil, ragi powder and peanut candy were included in the kit. The food items as part of midday meal scheme are pending to be distributed.

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