Senior Secretary of the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education Akram-al-Hossain on Tuesday said the government officials’ proposed visit to foreign countries is meant to gather knowledge about implementation of midday meal programmes at schools, not to learn to cook khichuri (a dish made of rice and lentil).
He said a very small amount of money has been sought for this tour and spending money on it is not a waste of money.The senior secretary came up with the remarks while replying to a question from journalists at his office about a report published at a daily titled ‘Cooking khichuri? Let's go on a foreign trip’.
He said: “No money has been disbursed yet for the project. The planning commission has sought an explanation on some estimated expenses under the project. We will send our answer. After that, the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council will give the nod to it.”
He also said the ongoing school feeding programme in poverty-stricken areas in the country's 104 upazilas will end in December this year. From next year, midday meal will be served among students in the country's all primary schools.
A total of 1,000 government officials will visit different countries like India where midday meal programmes are running, Akram added.