DC calls for collective effort to make MDM a success

BOMDILA, Oct 17: Deputy Commissioner Sonal Swaroop called for collective and sincere efforts by the line departments to make the Mid Day Meal (MDM) a real success story.
The efforts by the officers of the Education Department alone cannot make MDM a reality, she said during a review meeting of the District Level Steering cum Monitoring Committee (DLSMC) of MDM scheme for 2017-18 here on Tuesday.
Various factors contribute to the success of the project, she said and assured to facilitate potable drinking water to the schools in the district.
The Deputy Commissioner batted for early release of the central and state share, enhancement of the honorarium of the cook cum helper, refurbishment of kitchen devices and construction of kitchen sheds.
She observed that the meagre payment to the cook cum helper was also an impediment to the successful implementation of the MDM.
The Deputy Commissioner also impressed upon opening of current account for DBT under Public Finance Management System and compulsory registration under Automated Monitoring System for better monitoring and implementation of the programme.
Opining that West Kameng district has performed exceptionally well as compared to other districts in the state, State Nodal Officer (MDM) Tani Talom called for co-operation from the line departments, the School Management Committees and the PRI members for effective implementation of the MDM. The credit goes to the district administration for effective monitoring and implementation of the MDM, he added.
However, he rued that the participation of the MPs and MLAs would have gone a long way in the successful implementation of the scheme by understanding the basic problems and making the necessary legislations.
Earlier, DPC (MDM) of Bomdila, L Chhudup highlighted the status and various grievances and impediments in effective implementation of the MDM in the district.
Among others, state Co-ordinator Tsering Phuntso, DDSE DW Kharma and Kalaktang ZPM Tashi Norbu Kharma also participated in the deliberations. (DIPRO)