No rationing in child nutrition: Etala

Minister confident of making PDS in Telangana a model for other States. We will go all out to cover every eligible child in government schools: Etala.

Minister for Civil Supplies Etala Rajender on Tuesday said the quota of 100 grams of food for primary schoolchildren and 150 grams for upper primary students was being lifted and that the government was gearing up to serve as much food they would need or possibly could eat. He was briefing presspersons after a brainstorming session with Joint Collectors, District Supply Officers and District Managers on the campus of the Marri Channa Reddy Human Resources Development Institute here.

Going on to explain the initiatives, he said officials were gathering data on the children’s nutritional needs in a scientific manner because the current information was outdated. “Once the exercise is completed, we will go all out to cover every eligible child in government schools in the coming academic year. Budget will not be a constraint,” he assured.

The government was serious about ensuring there was no pilferage of foodgrain at any stage in the PDS — be it en route to the mandal-level stock points or at the fair price shop or anywhere en route.

He expressed confidence that with the initiatives that they were taking, the public distribution system (PDS) in Telangana would soon become a model for other States to follow.

Source: The Hindu

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