The scheme is being continued during the vacation in four taluks in Hassan
Scheme continued in 1,399 schools in the district Attendance in four taluks is less than 30 per cent
HASSAN: The Government has declared four taluks in Hassan district Arsikere, Chennaraypatna, Holenarsipur and Belur as drought-affected and ordered that "bisi oota" (midday meal) be provided to children in these taluks during the summer holidays and special pay given to teachers to engage the children.
Accordingly, the scheme was continued in 1,399 schools in the district. This included 410 schools in Arsikere taluk, 422 in Chennaraypatna, 306 in Belur and 261 in Holenarsipur taluk.
But the results have not been encouraging. Many students are not turning up for the meal.
Of the 185 students in Hagare Government Primary School in Belur taluk, no one has turned up. At the Government Primary School in Angadihalli, also in Belur taluk, only 15 of the 125 students are coming to school for the midday meal. The children have gone somewhere on vacation or they are just not turning up.
Midday meal scheme workers went to some of the houses, but the children refused to come to school.
The purpose of the Government deciding to provide "bisi oota" during the vacation was to provide children with nutrition food, and to help their parents go to work.
Zilla panchayat Chief Executive Officer F.R. Jamaadar told The Hindu that at a grievances meeting held in his chamber on Saturday, the Education Officer in-charge of the "bisi oota" scheme had said that attendance in the four taluks was less than 30 per cent.
Mr. Jamaadar said that he had directed the officer to conduct a survey in all villages in the drought-affected taluks with the help of teachers, and find out why the students were not turning up at the schools. If necessary, food could be prepared at one centre in each village till the vacation is over and students could be asked to take food in these centres, he said.
He said he had also directed the officer to advise parents to send their children to school so that they could be taught, besides being provided food.
Mr. Jamaadar said he was expecting a report from the officer in this regard in four to five days.