The Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC) on Tuesday turned down a Tk 17,290.23-crore project designed to provide ‘Khichuri’ or other food items as midday meals to primary school students.
“The project has not been approved as the Prime Minister is concerned about its structure (modus operandi). She said cooking Khichuri in schools might hamper the study of students,” said Planning Minister MA Mannan.The minister was briefing reporters after an Ecnec meeting held at the NEC conference room in the city.
Ecnec Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina chaired the meeting, joining it virtually from her official residence Ganobahban.
The meeting cleared nine other projects involving an estimated total cost of Tk 5,239.62 crore, the minister added.
Of the cost, he said, some Tk 250 crore will come as loan from foreign sources.
Among the nine projects, six are fresh and three others revised ones.
About the midday meal project, Mannan said the project will not be placed for approval anymore, but new projects over the midday meal may come in different formats.He said the Prime Minister supports the midday meal system for students, but she asked for further study for designing such projects.
The Directorate of Primary Education under the Primary and Mass Education Ministry formulated the midday meal project in order to ensure nutrition and sound health of the students.