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Thiruvananthapuram: The state government is planning to appoint private consultants to surveil implementation of the mid-day meal scheme in schools. Three consultants will be appointed via the Centre for Management Development (CMD) for a period of three years.
They will be paid Rs 45,000 per month and will have a three per cent increase based on their performance. The expense for the same will be met through the centralised management monitoring and evaluation fund.
Meantime, allegations are rife that the move is aimed at privatisation in the education department. Those belonging to the sectors of health-nutritious food, planning-evaluation and Management Information System (MIS) will be appointed in the special project management unit.
Lately, there were complaints raised against the quality of mid-day meals in some schools. The school authorities have also levelled complaints against the less funds allocated for the scheme.