Patna: The Nitish Kumar government on Tuesday approved a proposal to expand and strengthen committees in schools to supervise implementation of the free mid-day meal and other functions.
According to a decision of the state cabinet presided over by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the school education committee will now have 17 members instead of 14 earlier.
The expanded committee would have nine women members, whose children are students of the school and will be headed by ward counsellor in urban areas and panchayat member in rural regions, Principal Secretary Cabinet Coordination Committee Brajesh Mehrotra told reporters here.
Those donating above Rs 10 lakh to the school himself or representative nominated by the donor would be included in the committee.
After incident of midday meal deaths in June, need for an effective body was contemplated to ensure that quality food, prepared in a hygienic condition, was served to students under midday meal scheme and to keep a close watch over other activities of the institution.
In other major decisions, the Bihar Cabinet okayed a sum of Rs 200.90 crore for carrying relief and rehabilitation of flood victims in the state.
Mehrotra said that the cabinet also approved Rs 33.80 crore for computerisation of Public Distribution System.