Aided schools say no to Dasoha

MANGALORE, OCT. 11. The Association of Dakshina Kannada District Aided Schools has decided not to implement "Akshara Dasoha," the midday meal scheme, in the institutions affiliated to it in Udupi and Dakshina Kannada districts. This was decided at a meeting of the conveners and office-bearers of the administrative committees of the schools at B.E.M. High School on Saturday.

A press release from H. Charles Maben, president of the association, said the association had submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner urging him to provide all facilities given to government schools for implementing the scheme. He said the district administration failed to respond to the demand at a meeting held on October 1.

`Support needed'

The association was of the view that the schools could not implement the scheme on their own without government support. The association, however, termed the scheme useful and urged the authorities concerned to provide the necessary support for its implementation.

The Government had allocated 100 grams of rice and Rs. 1.31 for a student for implementing the scheme.

Even it this was extended to aided schools, they still would have to spend Rs. 35,000 a year to implement the scheme, besides initial investment on construction of a permanent kitchen, purchase of utensils, and other costs, he said.

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