New Delhi: Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said on Tuesday that CM Arvind Kejriwal’s idea of distributing dry ration to students despite closure of government schools has been a great help to poor families during the COVID-19 lockdown.
He said that the non-availability of mid-day meals due to the closure of schools has been a challenge.
“There were many families who were finding it hard to have enough on their plates. Massive unemployment due to Covid-19 has aggravated the issue. On the directions of the Hon’ble Chief Minister, we experimented by transferring money directly to the students’ account. It was CM’s idea that it’s better to distribute ration rather than transferring money. Hence, we are now providing dry ration to more than 8 lakh students in government and government-aided schools in Delhi,” Deputy CM Manish Sisodia said.
“It is the first of its kind initiative in the country. Today, the Hon’ble Chief Minister is starting this program and it will continue until the schools reopen,” he added.
Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal distributed dry ration kits to Delhi government school students on Tuesday.
Dry ration kits, consisting of wheat, rice, pulses, and oil were provided to all eligible students from classes 1-8 in Delhi govt schools under the mid-day meal scheme of the Delhi government.
“I am extremely proud of our teachers for working so hard during this while, around 94% of students in Delhi are taking online classes. During all this while, we tried to provide the corresponding amount of the mid-day meal provided to the students, in the bank accounts of their parents,” Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said.
“But today, we are starting ration distribution at the request of the parents of these students. Each student will be provided an adequate ration for a period of 6 months, July 2020 to December 2020, so that there is no lack in providing nutrition to children,” he added.
The distribution program was held at SKV No. 3 Mandawali, where CM Arvind Kejriwal was joined by Deputy CM and Education Minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia.