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Changes in LPG refilling procedure hit midday meal scheme

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Akshara Dasoha workers cooking midday meal using firewood at Vani Vilas School in Hassan on Thursday.— Photo: Prakash Hassan
Akshara Dasoha workers cooking midday meal using firewood at Vani Vilas School in Hassan on Thursday.— Photo: Prakash Hassan

The increase in the price of LPG and changes in the mode of procurement of refill have affected the midday meal scheme in schools.

Akshara Dasoha staff are depending on firewood at many schools as they are unable to get refill in time.

The price of LPG was raised to Rs. 1,190 from Rs. 419 recently and headmasters have been asked to procure refills from the gas agency instead of the earlier practice of getting them from the district Akshara Dasoha office.

New system

Headmasters have been asked to book refill with the agency and make arrangements for its delivery too.

The charge for the refill will be credited in a bank account jointly operated by the headmaster and chairman of the school development and monitoring committee. Now, school authorities say midday meal workers are forced to depend on firewood owing to the delay in the release of funds for procuring refills.

‘Yet to get funds’

District Primary School Teachers’ Association president Shive Gowda told presspersons here on Thursday that they were yet to receive the money for procuring refills.

“My school is in a rural area. It will be difficult for me to transport the cylinders to my school,” K.N. Chaitra, joint secretary of the association, said. “Many Akshara Dasoha workers are finding it tough to cook with firewood and they are not keen on continuing in the job. Cooking with firewood is not an easy task in semi-Malnad areas,” she added.


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