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Mid-day Meals Sham: School Children Served Watery Dal and Rotten Eggs
Rotten eggs and such watery charu (dal) that the students decided to go without food.
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Guru Prasad
Hyderabad
Thu Nov 18 2021
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The state government has taken up the mid-day meal program at government schools, which was implemented long ago by late NTR. Of course, while mid-day meals programs are common in most states, the Telangana government has entrusted the task of providing mid-day meals to private agencies. The result? Rotten eggs and such watery charu (dal) that the students decided to go without food.


This particular incident was reported from the government school at Mekalamandi on November 17, 2021. When the students tried to break open the shell of the eggs served to them, they found them to be rotten. When they complained regarding the same to the HM, he took up the issue with the agency providing the food. The agency was quite complacent and said they would provide good eggs the next day.


While they are barely served a small helping of rice along with watery charu or dal and equally watery vegetable curry, the children are at high risk of malnutrition, say, social observers. They say it is highly irresponsible on the part of the government to overlook such grave matters.


Hyderabad has 690 government schools. About 1,06,676 students study in them, and right now though the schools are open, the attendance is only half. A foundation’s agency is supplying food to government schools. However, there are allegations that the agency in cohorts with school principals is barely providing them decent food.


If one looks at it, the cost of one meal for a primary school student happens to be Rs 4.97 paise, and the cost for higher education students is Rs 7.45 paise. So, one can imagine the quality of food that the students would be getting served.


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