Himachal Pradesh

Innovative Practices followed in the State :

SMC responsibility

The School Management Committees (SMC) have been constituted for every school. The SMC is responsible for the overall implementation of the programme at school level, therefore teachers are least involved. School Management Committee (SMC) has been authorized to purchase the cooking ingredient at the school level. The School Management Committee (SMC) is empowered to engage / disengage the cook-cum-helper. The guidelines have been issued / notified for engagement of cook-cum-helper. The School Management Committee(SMC) is empowered to decide the weekly menu keeping in view the liking of the students.

The public aware

To make the public aware regarding the scheme food norms and cooking cost norms have been displayed in the school premises.

Mostly Female Cooks

22813 Cook-cum-helpers have been engaged out of which 81% are female and maximum of them are mothers of the students.

Health Check-up and training of Cook-cum-Helper (CCH).

Health screening / check-up of cook-cum-helper is made mandatory twice in a year. Training to cookcum- helper has been provided regarding maintenance of cleanliness, hygiene and proper cooking procedures. 57 cook-cum-helpers have been imparted training in the Hotel Management Institute Kufri Shimla till date. The cook cum helpers cover their head with cloth as it is a tradition in the state of Himachal Pradesh.

E-transfer of funds:

Funds are being transferred to the implementing agencies through e-transfer. Funds amounting to Rs. 6.00 lakhs have been provided to 600 schools @ Rs. 1000/- per schools through e-transfer for hand washing facilities.

(Source : AWP&B- 2016-17 State write up)