It has come to the notice of this office that many schools are still purchasing vegetables from open markets which are infested with poisonous pesticides and chemicals. This is in violation of the instructions issued by this office as per Circular No.NM1.39000/2017/DPI dated 30.05.2017 and in Circular No.NM.A1-40001/2017/DPI dated 12.06.2017.
DDEs , DEOs and AEOs shall take urgent immediate steps to ensure that schools purchase clean and fresh vegetables which are free from harmful and poisonous pesticides. Vegetables shall be purchased from Horticorp shops and for this, schools can enter into an agreement with Horticorp authorities for supplying vegetables on regular basis. Locally cultivated ( in homes, farmlands, etc) vegetables free from pesticides may also be purchased. Schools shall be asked to set up vegetable gardens (kitchen gardens) utilizing the financial assistance given by Agricultural Offices (Rs.5000/-). PTA, LSGD institutions, NGOs, etc can be involved to play an important role in these efforts. Awareness programmes may be organized at sub-district levels highlighting the importance of vegetable gardens at schools and homes. Parents of children availing noon meal may be requested to come forward and co-operate with this initiative.
As all of you are aware, we are committed to provide clean, nutritive and healthy meal to our children utilizing whatever limited resources we have. Nothing can stop us from this endeavor. "Children's health is Nation's wealth'- this is our motto. We all should work towards nurturing a healthy generation of young men and women on whose shoulders the future of nation rests.
DDEs, DEOs and AEOs shall with the co-operation of school PTAs and School Noon Feeding Committees take immediate necessary steps to ensure that schools under their jurisdiction purchase clean and fresh vegetables from horticorp shops or from locally available sources.
These instructions shall be carried out immediately and a consolidated report regarding the steps taken in each district shall be furnished to this office on or before 22.06.2017 without fail.
By the exclusive orders of Director of Public Instruction