State to shut down mess in tribal students’ hostel

Sakal Times
Friday, 13 April 2018

Pune: The State Tribal Development Department recently issued a resolution that mess system in hostels for tribal students will be shut. Instead the students will get the compensated amount as food expense from the government in their Aadhaar-linked bank account. 

There are 490 tribal hostels across the state out of which 24 are in Pune district and 7-8 in Pune city limits.

Pune: The State Tribal Development Department recently issued a resolution that mess system in hostels for tribal students will be shut. Instead the students will get the compensated amount as food expense from the government in their Aadhaar-linked bank account. 

There are 490 tribal hostels across the state out of which 24 are in Pune district and 7-8 in Pune city limits.

According to the GR, Rs 3,500 will be given to the students residing in the municipal corporation limits and Rs 3,000 for students in district tribal hostels. The funds will be released in installments of three months according to semester and from the time the students entered their hostel. The GR is also applicable to students of Std VIII to X and Std XI to XII.

The State claims that the reason to do away with canteen systems at these hostels was that the students will not have to compulsorily eat at the hostel mess. With the help of granted amount they can eat from private mess as per their choice. They can self-appoint a caterer with the help of their hostel administrator to run a mess or join a home-based facility. 

In case a student has relatives in the city, he or she can avail their meals from them and save on the money spent otherwise in the mess. Closing of canteens in tribal hostels will curb parasite students residing there for years. The move holds importance as often questions were raised about the quality of food served here.

However, many students disapproved the decision. Student Federation of India (SFI), Maharashtra unit opposed it stating that this move will be of no benefit to students coming from tribal areas. 

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