Milk In Schools program for the 2018-2019 school year (12:28 22/07/2018)

HNP - Chairwoman of the Ha Noi People’s Council Nguyen Thi Bich Ngoc has recently signed Resolution No. 06/2018/NQ-HDND, stipulating mechanism of support and contribution for the Milk In Schools program for the 2018-2019 school year. The program aims to improve nutrition status for kindergarten and primary school children in Ha Noi, and improve their physical statures.

The Milk In Schools program aims at children in kindergartens and primary schools of Ha Noi, their parents, milk providers, as well as units, organizations and individuals that organize or implement the program in Ha Noi.

The children will receive milk from the beignning of 2018-2019 school year to the end of 2020. They will drink milk five times per week during nine school months (i.e. once a day), 180 ml per day.

Regarding financing for the program, 30% of expense is provided by the state budget, 20% provided by the milk suppliers, and 50% by the parents. For children of poor and marginally poor households according to the poverty line stipulated by the Ha Noi People’s Committee, children from ethnic minority groups and children under preferential treatment policy according to regulation of the State, the State budget will provide 50% of the expense, and milk suppliers provide the rest.

The Ha Noi People’s Council requests the Municipal People’s Committee to take following actions:

- Realizing the Resolution, releasing Milk In Schools program to improve nutrition and contribute to improving physical stature of  the kindergarten and primary school children in Ha Noi for the period of 2018 to 2020;

- Directing information work and popularization of the Resolution among the people, children and their parents, so that they will thoroughly understand the program, support it and take part in it willingly; pointing out responsibilities of the city's departments, agencies and sectors as well as enterprises and related units to implement the program in Ha Noi safely, properly and efficiently; announcing policy on support and donation; increasing leadership and management of resources to realize the program; assessing, summing up implementation of the program and giving proposal for the period after 2020.

During the process of implementation between two sessions of the Ha Noi People’s Council, if the program encounters difficulties or problems and supplement, amendment of  policies and mechanisms according to actual condition is required, the Municipal People’s Committee shall report the problems to standing members of the People’s Council for further and decision; the latter will report to the Municipal People’s Council at the upcoming session.

This resolution is approved by the 15th tenure of the Municipal People’s Council at the 6th session dated July 5, 2018 in Ha Noi. It takes effect since 15th July 2018.

By Mai Phuong

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