The Rajiv Gandhi Breakfast Scheme for students which was halted for a while, will be reintroduced from 10th March, 2014 onwards as per the UT government's decision.
The scheme has aided 1.7 lakh students from the four regions of the UT, ever since its launch in the year 2002. It was however stopped due to the scarcity of milk.
The authorities of Tamil Nadu had been requested to supply more milk for the scheme to be resumed, as stated by Education Minister T Thiagarajan.
Salary arrears will be disbursed to the workers of breakfast scheme as the first step in resuming the scheme as decided by the government. The resolution of disbursing the arrears was considered after the discussions between the Education Minister T Thiagarajan, the Director of School Education and the Secretary (Education). The decision was taken after the workers of the Bread and Milk Workers Union showed their agitation.
Within the next 2 days, the arrears for two months would be disbursed and the salary arrears of 3 months will be given before 15th March, 2014, as stated by Thiagarajan. For the last 9 months the salary for the workers had been pending. The demand to make the workers part-time employees with the Department of Education was also being considered by the administration he said.
A ‘wailing' agitation was staged by the Bread and Milk Workers Union near the Assembly Gate on Tuesday calming the disbursement of salary arrears and making them part-time employees with the Department of Education.
On Monday, the workers had assembled at the Bharathi Park to meet the CM. They stayed put till midnight in the park since the CM was away in Karaikal. They were forced to leave after which some of them assembled near the Nehru statue and resumed their demands on Tuesday morning.