Orissa frames new procurement policy for MDM, SNP and EFP

Bhubaneswar: After the Vigilance department found irregularities in the supply of pulses for the mid-day meal scheme and supplimentary nutrition programme, the Orissa government on Friday decided to further decentralise the system of procurement of dal, oil and other condiments to schools and anganwadi centres.

The new procurement policy would be effective from April 1, an official at the chief minister`s office said.

"There has been irregularities in the supply of dal under MDM and SNP," Vigilance director Anup Patnaik said.

The Vigilance department also found that substandard and "inedible" dal were supplied to different schools and anganwadi centres.

The government had been providing free food under MDM, SNP and emergency feeding programme (EFP).

Under the new policy, the procurement of dal, oil and other condiments for SNP and EFP will now be done at the Anganwadi Centre Level by two member committee consisting of anganwadi workers and the ward members, it said.

At the school level, procurement of dal, oil and other condiments for MDM scheme will be done by the school monitoring committee. "Funds will now be directly given to Anganwadis and schools instead of district collectors," they said.

Village level and surveillance committees will be constituted consisting of members of the Mothers Committee, women self-help groups which will supervise the procurement and supply of food items to the children.

Vigilance and surveillance committee will also be set up at the block and district levels.

One egg on the fixed day every week will also be provided under the SNP in Anganwadi centres along with the hot cooked meal.