Friday, November 18, 2011

We Chinese can own achievements from Akshaya Patra Foundation: laugh Shu (Columnist)

Columnist: laugh Shu
Evening News
 Core Tip: The Chinese have their own free lunch plan. From the fall semester of 2011, the start of rural compulsory education students in nutrition improvement program. The state will spend 16 billion a year, used for the pilot stage of compulsory education in rural areas to provide students with nutritious meal supplement. Pilot includes 680 counties (cities), about 26 million students in school. From the investment point of view of scale, China's investment, is clearly more than India. The question is, how quality is more than India.
Between China and India is to launch a new competition, that competition in the next generation of national concern. Originally, China's opponents do not constitute India: India's 1998 education accounted for 3.8 percent of GDP, up 5% in 2003. Government has promised to share that in coming years will increase to 6%. China is still struggling to achieve 4%. Referring to India's free lunch program in which 120 million per year directly benefit poor children. China has not even heard of this name.
 But now, China seems to have a catch up the trend. The main signal is October 26th executive meeting of the State Council made a decision: from the 2011 fall semester, the students start the implementation of rural compulsory education, nutrition improvement program. The state will spend 16 billion a year, used for the pilot stage of compulsory education in rural areas to provide students with nutritious meal supplement. Pilot includes 680 counties (cities), about 26 million students in school.

India is the world's first in area, not just because it's $ 2 billion, but also because the "free lunch" in recent years, all commands issued by the Supreme Court of India, the Indian government at all levels to implement the most determined, most range wide, the best order. Known to the weak government of India Government, the enforcement power of the poor has always been criticized, the implementation of free lunch is an exception.So, China's free lunch program, whether in the execution, which far exceeds in quality India? Frankly, I personally have a lot to worry about.

At least, in the implementation of the two areas, I think, compared with India, there is a significant gap.The first is the gap between food supply standards. Consider the following passage:By the central kitchen with a menu of experts to develop the Institute of Nutrition in India, their health status in line with international food hygiene standards (ISO). Free lunches are basically traditional Indian-style food, According to reports, available to children grades one through five lunch meal contains 450 calories and 12 grams of protein, while the higher-grade child's lunch, which have 700 calories and 20 grams of protein.

 In other words, India's two main criteria, one is the health standards to international standards; one is the nutrition standards. China is only one specific target: three yuan per student per day. 
The second is the implementation of the main gap. Mentioned in the previous quotation central kitchen, not belonging to the Indian central government, but called the Akshaya Patra Foundation. The Foundation for participation in the free lunch program was set up in 2000 has just come out, the central government took over the distribution of grain, made after lunch to the state capital Bangalore, five schools, so that 1500 children eat hot meals. But they did not expect that schools will apply immediately unleashed. To meet all those requirements, Akshaya Patra members of the top engineers will design a "central kitchen", the daily production of at least 10 million copies lunch. Today, Akshaya Patra Foundation has been able to make 1.2 million children every day to eat lunch.

 In China, the implementation of the subject is single, but the school, there is no civil power to participate. In fact, China's free lunch program entirely derived from the Phoenix Weekly reporter Deng Fei led the team to vigorously promote private. From early April until now little more than half the time, actually has covered at least 100 schools, to raise funds up to 25 million, which together cost-effective platform for Taobao buy to help raise donations more than three million, raspberry. So that the Ministry of Civil Affairs to promote social welfare and charity before the Division Director Mr. Wang Zhenyao to sigh: "This is not only unique in the history of Chinese charity that some European and American countries do not." Almost be said, this is a real Chinese miracle.

China can have the real miracle, clearly means that people contains enormous resources, great enthusiasm, and great ability to participate, to boost the free lunch program Like
Akshaya Patra.We Chinese can own achievements from Akshaya Patra Foundation. Of course, if we have our own Chinese Akshaya Patra Foundation, the functions may not be simply located in the direct supply of free lunches, may need to expand the scope of supervision, that is so specialized NGO organizations to oversee the implementation of the free lunch program, giving their full investigative powers, and to ensure to keep the community informed, the government pay investigation costs can also be as civil as raised Tang Fei team.If these two points be fundamentally improved, China's free lunch program, of course, are big gospel, free lunch program really benefits the country is made up a good thing. China also is expected to invest not only in size, but also on the quality of the free lunch like Akshaya patra. Such a world, more than in China in the world to win gold medals in all sports have great value.

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