Pointing to the "widespread fiscal indiscipline" in implementing the mid-day meal scheme, the Public Accounts Committee has asked the HRD Ministry to fix responsibility and take measures to "obviate" such instances.
Diversion of funds and foodgains have been confirmed in Kerala, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Nagaland and Bihar, the Committee said adding "lapses noticed is indicative of the widespread fiscal indiscipline in implementing the scheme".
The committee feels that institutional apathy and lack of concerted efforts should not be allowed to creep in in implementing such an important social welfare scheme of national coverage, it said in its report presented in the Lok Sabha today.
Deploring the failure of the above states, the Committee, with Murli Manohar Joshi as its chairman, said though the HRD Ministry has asked these states to take action to recoup the cost of diverted funds, "no concrete action has been taken as yet".
It said though the HRD Ministry has taken certain basic measures to remove huge pendency in construction of kitchen shed and stores under the scheme, "providing hygienic mid-day meals still remains an unsurpassed challenge".
Fiscal Indiscipline in Midday Meal Implementation: PAC
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