Saharanpur: The Uttar Pradesh government is making substantial changes in the mid-day meal programme for primary and upper primary schoolchildren. From new academic session, they will have larger range of food items in their menu.

Instead of daliya, dal, roti, tehri, children will be served halwa-poori, rice chole, kadhi rice, etc. The food items will be prepared keeping nutrition and calorie intake in view for schoolchildren.

They are said to get a fruit on daily basis. Officers also have been given directions in this regard. The blueprint to serve nutritious food to students of primary and upper primary schools has already been prepared. The mid-day-meal authority has also prepared a draft in this regard, sources said.

Under this scheme around 2 crore children of 1.5 lakh primary and upper primary schools will be benefited.

Toeing the line of Uttarakhand, the menu has been revised. Around 150 recipes have been included in it.

Children from eastern UP will be served rice, dal and halwa poori; whereas students of western region will be served seasonal vegetables, roti, kheer, etc.

Students of primary schools will be served 450 calories and 12 grams protein while those from upper primary schools will have 700 calories and 20 grams protein intake, official said.

The government has also increased the budget of mid-day meal scheme. The unit cost of kitchen-cum-store has been increased from Rs 60, 000 to 78,000.

JPN/Bureau