MDM Scheme in Govt Schools through PRIs approved

 

Srinagar, Jul 10: The State Administrative Council (SAC) which met under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik approved the action of the School Education Department in putting in place a mechanism for implementation of the Mid-Day Meal (MDM) Scheme in Government Schools through Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs).
The School Education Department had notified a mechanism vide Government Order No: 202-Edu of 2019, dated 17.06.2019 for implementation of the MDM through PRIs, which was confirmed by the SAC today.
The preparation and distribution of MDM in Primary (1-5) and Middle (6-8) Schools shall be carried out by the Halqa Panchayats through a 10 member Community Level Committee headed by Sarpanch/Administrator or Panch nominated by the Sarpanch utilizing the services of cook-cum-helpers already engaged for the purpose. The Halqa Panchayat shall ensure preparation and distribution of MDM on each school day, fulfilling the minimum norms of nutrition prescribed under the scheme.
The funds for the purpose shall be managed by the Panchayati Raj Institutions from a separate MDM account held jointly by the Head of School and the Sarpanch/Administrator or his nominee Panch.
The PRIs will ensure weekly check of MDM in Schools. The MDM Account of school will be jointly operated by Head of
Institution and the Sarpanch/Administrator or Panch nominated by the Sarpanch.
The MDM preparation and distribution will be carried by same Committee, if Middle and Primary wings exist in the same school.
Funds on account of working cost and honorarium for work-cum-helpers will be transferred to MDM Account as per the existing practice.
The functions related to preparation and distribution of MDM in schools have been devolved to the PRIs in the J&K Panchayati Raj Act 1989.

SAC approves transfer of cadre control of J&K Economics & Statistical Service from Planning to Finance Department
The State Administrative Council approved the transfer of cadre control of the Jammu and Kashmir Economics and Statistical (Gazetted) and Jammu and Kashmir Economics and Statistical (Subordinate) Service from Planning, Development and Monitoring Department (PD&MD) to the Finance Department.
SAC approved the allocation of functions between the Finance Department and the PD&MD as recommended by the Committee constituted vide Government Order No. 1469-GAD of 2018 dated 26.09.2018.
SAC directed that two divisions of the existing set-up will be retained in the PD&MD and the officers of the Jammu and Kashmir Economics and Statistical (Gazetted/Subordinate) Services shall be deemed to be on deputation from the Finance Department.
SAC also approved the re-structuring of the combined Finance and Planning functions within the Finance division by the Finance Department in a phased manner.
Pertinent to mention that SAC in September, 2018 had transferred the expenditure function from PD&MD to the Finance Department. As such, the allocative functions in respect of these two departments were to be streamlined so that management of expenditure could be improved.
The decision shall be without prejudice and subject to the outcome of any writ petition(s)/court order(s).