Students Dry Ration Kit Scheme 2021 is going to be launched by the Delhi government. In this scheme, the state govt. will provide students of its schools dry rations under the mid-day meal scheme for next 6 months. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had made this announcement for Dry Ration Kits Yojana for students on 29 December 2020.
Delhi Students Dry Ration Kit Scheme 2021
The move to launch Students Dry Ration Kit Scheme 2021 comes in the lieu of continued closure of schools since March 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. Earlier when schools were closed, the Delhi govt. decided to send money for mid-day meals to parents account. However it has now been decided to provide dry ration kits to students for six months.
Launch of Dry Ration Kits Scheme for Students in Delhi
Honourable CM Arvind Kejriwal has made this announcement of Student Dry Ration Kits Scheme at dry ration distribution event. The scheme was flagged off at SKV No. 3 at a govt. school in Mandawali area on 29 Dec 2020 and kits were distributed to parents of 52 students as a start. Schools across the country were closed in March to contain spread of deadly Coronavirus. Some schools were partially reopened in some states from 15 October 2020. But the govt. of NCT of Delhi has announced that schools will not reopen in the national capital till COVID-19 vaccine comes.
Number of Beneficiaries of Students Dry Ration Kit Scheme 2021
Around 8 lakh students from Delhi government schools will get dry ration kits under the Students Dry Ration Kit Scheme. However, the state govt. will continue to provide dry rations under mid-day meal scheme till schools remain closed.
Need for Students Dry Ration Kit Scheme
The last 9 months have been hard and the Delhi state govt. don’t see it improving in the near future. The worst affected have been school children. Health and nutrition of many children were compromised, as due to the COVID-19 lockdown, a poor man found it hard to earn. Due to the Coronavirus lockdown, the damage done to education can perhaps not be compensated later.
The state govt. wishes for schools to open and is hopeful that things will improve once the vaccine comes. Many daily wage earners could not earn and this negatively impacted their children as well. Delhi govt. is planning of wiring six-months worth of mid-day meal scheme money to parents accounts, but decided that giving ration of the same amount would be better.
What’s in the Student Dry Ration Kit for School Students in Delhi
The dry ration kit comprised 10.425 kg of wheat and rice each, 7.713 kg of pulses and 2 litres of oil in Students Dry Ration Kit Scheme. The Akshaya Patra non-profit organisation also distributed an additional kit comprising stationery, soap, sanitary napkins, biscuits and other items. The kits cost the government Rs 4.09 per day for a primary students and Rs 6.14 per day for an upper primary student.
In normal times, the government is billed Rs 4.48 per primary student (class 1st to 5th) per day, and Rs 6.71 per upper primary student (class 6th to 12th) per day.
Delhi Govt Initiatives amid COVID-19 Pandemic Outbreak
The Chief Minister further informed that the Delhi government served nearly 10 lakh people with lunch and dinner by organising ‘langar’ at various places. For about 3 to 4 months, nearly 1 crore people were served dry ration. Ration included flour, rice, pulses and oil. The pension of senior citizens and widows were doubled. Construction workers, taxi drivers got Rs. 5,000 each in their bank account. These were the efforts by the CM Arvind Kejriwal led government of NCT of Delhi.
Anju (35), a single mother from Madhu Vihar whose daughter Sakshi (12) is in Class IV, was one of the first recipients of the ration kits.
Source / Reference Link: https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/delhi/8-lakh-students-will-get-dry-ration-kits-cm-7125522/