Odisha

Govt increases ration cost of students under MDM programme

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Government on Tuesday increased the daily ration cost for the students of Primary and Upper Primary Schools for the year 2020-21 under the Mid-Day Meal (MDM) programme.

In a letter to the Collectors, the School and Mass Education Department stated, the daily ration cost was revised from Rs 4.93 to Rs 5.42 and Rs 7.36 to Rs 8.10 for the students of Primary and Upper Primary Schools respectively. The directive comes into effect from April 1, 2020.

The day to day expenditure is to be made on the prevailing market price, availability of seasonal vegetables, keeping the average unit cost of expenditure to Rs 25.42 for Primary students and Rs 18.10 for Upper Primary students.

The management authority will have the flexibility over the items and ingredients of Mid-Day Meal expenditure subject to the condition that the average unit cost is not exceeded, the letter read.

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