Coming out with this information, director of education G P Bhat said that the education department has already sought permission of the Goa State Election Commission for implementing this change in the mid-day meal menu, in view of the election code of conduct in force due to the forthcoming municipal elections.
“It was found that the children are not too keen on eating pulao, a rice-based dish,” the director of education said, stating that from November 1, chapati-bhaji would be served to the school students. He also said that as decided earlier, puris would not be included in the mid-day meal menu. Speaking further, Bhat said that the education department has also decided to revise the rates of food items supplied by the self-help groups to the schools under the Mid-day Meal Scheme.
“We have convened a meeting of these mid-day meal suppliers on October 16,” he added, pointing out that the increased rates of food items will be commensurate with inflation.