The State government has decided to introduce biometric verification system for the first time in the noon-meal scheme to ensure all students eligible benefit and the scheme is not misused.
The scheme is being monitored by a committee, comprising both Social Welfare Department officials and Directorate of School Education. However, it was reported that the authorities, who inspected the noon-meal programme in the schools, could not ensure that all students benefited. In addition, there were also complaints that certain schools provided bogus attendance for students against meals provided to them.
A senior School Education Department official told DT Next that the biometric system will be set up in the noon meal centres so that children can access that before meals are provided. “This will ensure that no child is denied food,” he said, adding, finger prints of all beneficiaries will be stored and the children will have to give a thumb imprint exclusively before they go for their meals.
“The schools, which do not have kitchen, should update student’s attendance in the morning itself so that the official could ensure exact quantity of meal supplied to the students,” he said, adding, by the mid of next academic year all noon meal centres will have biometric system.