I was quite shocked to learn from one of my teacher friend how the schemes under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) are run by the SSA Rajya Mission. I'm reproducing below what he wrote to me (for obvious reasons I'm not mentioning his name)
It was five of them, the BRC (Block Resource Centre) members, who came to our school today to instruct our Headmaster about Mid-Day Meal. They advised him [Headmaster] to serve mid-day meal to students for four days i.e., on 27th, 28th, 30th and 31st.
Reason: A central team is visiting schools in Ziro from 27th July to access the progress of various schemes under SSA (Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan). They also told him to prepare details of receipt of food grains and daily purchase made for mid-day meal from conversion cost (Rs. 2.00 per student per day provided along with food grain) for the previous year.
Interestingly, mid-day meal is not being served to students since the last two years. This is so because, schools are not getting their quotas of food grains and conversion costs in time. Last academic year, we got the food grains in the month of December and conversion costs in the end of academic year (i.e., in April 2007) which were subsequently distributed among the students.
I have learnt from some teacher colleague from other schools that they also got the similar instructions. I wonder if the instructions as conveyed by BRC members are from SPD (State Project Director), SSA Rajya Mission, Arunachal Pradesh.
It is to be seen here if the four days mid-day meal is served to the students in the schools in Ziro, if the Central Team is satisfied with the progress, and if the SSA is a success story in this way!
Huh!, too much to cover up for their [SSA Rajya Mission] mismanagement.