A class VI student Sushree Sangita (11) of Dukuka village walked nearly 10 km to lodge a complaint with Kendrapara Collector against her father for taking away her mid-day meal money and rice meant for her on Monday. She lodged a written complaint to Collector Samarth Verma accusing her father Ramesh Chabdra Sethi.
“In the complaint she stated that after her mother passed away two years back, her father remarried last year. Since then, Sushree was staying in her uncle’s house as her father and stepmother refused to take care of her.”
Due to COVID-19 pandemic the government has been depositing money meant for MDM in the bank accounts of students and their guardians besides providing rice to them. She stated that she has a bank account but the school authorities are depositing the money in her father’s account.
The collector Samarth Verma said, “On hearing the plight of the student, I have directed the district education officer (DEO)to deposit the money in her account from now. Besides, the DEO will take necessary steps to recover the money and rice from the student’s father.”
on this scheme the students get 150 gram of rice and Rs 8.10 per day in their accounts.