Innovative Practices followed in the State :

Green channel

Before bifurcation of this state, payments were made through green channel. In the State Steering cum Monitoring Committee meeting (SSMC) under the Chairmanship of the Chief Secretary it was decided that Green Channel Scheme for flow of funds pertaining to MDM will be implemented in the state of Telangana from the next financial year.

Coverage of IX & X Class Students Under Mid Day Meal:

4,95,730 students studying in classes IX & X in all Government, Local body and Government Aided schools are also covered under Mid Day Meal. The reason is that there is every possibility of students dropping out after completing class VIII especially girls without completing High School stage of education.

Social Audit of Mid Day Meal Programme:

MOU has been entered into with Social Audit of MDM programme through NGO, Society for Social Audit, Accountability and Transparency (SSAAT) who has considerable experience in social audit of MNRGE scheme for taking up Social audit in one mandal in each of the districts. The Agency has taken up the work and reports will be submitted to Department by the end of Feb.2016.

Additional Items in MDM:

In addition to the food items as per the menu, egg is also provided twice a week. Those who are not taken egg are given banana. The details of nutritional recipes prepared by NIN and Home Science College, Acharya NG Ranga Agriculture University, Hyderabad were communicated to all the District Educational Officers in the State for implementation providing for flexible and local specific recipes to suit the tastes of the children.

Regular Review of the Scheme by the State Authorities

Regular video conferences with all the RJDSEs/DEOs in the State are being held by the Commissioner and Director of School Education and the implementation of scheme is reviewed and they are being instructed on the steps to be taken.

Creation of Monitoring and Evaluation Cell:

A Monitoring and Evaluation Cell for Mid-Day Meal Scheme is created for MDM scheme at State level. The Cell is performing the following duties: Reviewing and evaluating the inspection and monitoring forms submitted by the RJDSEs/DEOs periodically.

Press Clipping

Reviewing press clippings and take up immediate follow up action. Collecting the data required from the districts for onward submission to Govt. of India and Govt. of Telangana.

Payment done through online

Payments are made to all the Implementing agencies and Cook cum helpers through online to their bank accounts.

Toll Free helpline/Grievances redressals

Complaints are being received through web based child right cell with toll free No 1800 425 3525 at state level. As soon as the complaint is received the applicant is provided with a reference number and the information is sent through mail to the MEO and informed him about receipt of complaint through message to his cell number. The intimation is sent to the DEO and State officers. MEO visit the schools sort out the issue and submit compliance report through mail. All the DEOs are also receiving grievances through landline phone maintained for MDM in DEOs office.

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