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State-Run Schools to have Smokeless Kitchens in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Oct 23: Now no more smokes or possible fire will disturb the school atmosphere while cooking mid-day meal at the school premises as Odisha government has decided to introduce smokeless kitchens in all the state-run schools by the end of this fiscal.

The pilot project of the state government was scheduled to be launched last year, however, no steps were taken as the smokeless chullahs developed some glitches. Since the government is committed to serve nutritious food to the school children in a hygienic environment, the introduction of such facility seems to be quite essential.

Over 55 lakh students of Class I to VIII in around 63,000 state-run schools are being served mid-day meal six days a week. Therefore, the government is planning to construct safe and fire-proof kitchens in all the schools to ensure quality and safety of the lunch.

The chief secretary G C Pati has asked collectors to hold regular meetings with the MPs, MLAs and ensure timely release of funds for MDM. The collectors have been directed to monitor proper implementation of the guidelines on the kitchen cleanliness and hygienic storage of food items.

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