Saturday, June 21, 2008

Outsource all abysmal service of government department by Chandra

In this globalized era, the well known recent employment generator is outsourcing mania at least in India and developing countries. It is now time to outsource all poor (tax payers) funded government departments works to efficient private sector domain. But prompt monitoring is required in private sector otherwise the service will become endanger as it was in the government domain.

The Punjab government recently announced some of the government services to private sector to ensure the proper management and it reaches the needy people.

I have pasted the news as it is to use further in future.

State to outsourced mid-day meals
Posted online: Thursday , June 12, 2008 at 02:45:19Updated: Thursday , June 12, 2008 at 02:45:19

The state government has decided to outsource mid-day meals in Punjab schools. A centralised kitchen, replacing thousands of make-shift cooking places within schools, will soon be set up for supplying fresh cooked food to children in primary schools.
The proposal, which has got the formal approval of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, will be first launched in three Punjab districts— Tarn Taran, Ferozepur and Nawanshahr. The project is expected to save hundreds of teachers from the daily grind.
The inspiration for outsourcing came from Delhi, where a similar model was set in place not long ago.
A senior official said, “The state government extensively studied the Delhi model and then decided to replicate it in Punjab.”
About 3.17 lakh students in as many as 2,233 primary and middle schools in the three districts will be covered in the first phase of the project. Under the existing system of mid-day meals, a schoolteacher is tasked with major part of the process, including procurement of raw material, storage, maintenance of accounts and arranging cooks (at a meagre wage of Rs 400 per month) among other things.
Once the centralised kitchen is put in place, schoolteachers can concentrate on academics. Talking to The Indian Express, Director General, School Education, Krishan Kumar said, “Tenders have been invited from NGOs and voluntary organisations. The state will pay them remunerative cost as per the instructions of the Centre. Wheat and rice will be supplied to them as per the original format.”
This year from March 31 onwards, the midday meal scheme has been extended up to class VIII. Krishan Kumar said the change would also ensure adequate checks and balances on not only hygiene and quality of food but also the calorie and protein content as per the laid-down norm.
Sources said if the pilot project yields encouraging results, it would be extended to other districts as well.
In Punjab, there are about 22 lakh children who are given mid-day meals for 220 days a year.

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