Mid-day meal scheme: fatal nutrition

Published: Friday 19 July 2013


Two separate incidents of food poisoning from consuming midday meal leave 5 in critical condition
Author: Alok Gupta
Barely a fortnight after 24 students died of eating poisoned food at Dharmasati primary school in Chapra, Bihar, the state has once again made headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Activists reiterate demand of proper handling of insecticide and pesticide containers after use
Author: Alok Gupta
The Bihar government on Saturday released the forensic report on the contents of the mid-day meal that killed 24 school children of Dharmasati primary school in Chapra on July 16.
Kitchens with storage facilities to be constructed on priority basis in all schools serving cooked meals, says education department
Author: Alok Gupta
In a bid to control cases of food poisoning caused by mid-day meal, the Bihar government has decided to close down all schools without buildings. The state education department says majority of mishaps relating to mid-day meals is happening because of poor infrastructure and apathy of school management committees.
Ninety-two per cent schools in the southern state have good kitchen infrastructure, which is now being upgraded with cooking gas facility
Author: Jitendra
On July 18, nearly 155 students fell ill after consuming contaminated mid-day meal in Neyveli town in Tamil Nadu's Cuddalore district. The incident marred an otherwise excellent record the state holds in providing mid-day meals to poor children and retain them in school.
There are no guidelines for hygienic preparation and handling of mid-day meals for children; monitoring at local level virtually non-existent
Author: Alok Gupta, Jitendra
Manju Devi is curled up in a corner in the children's ward of Patna Medical and College Hospital where children of the Chapra primary school who were served poisonous mid-day meal are admitted. She repeatedly calls herself murderer of the 22 children; three of her own children were also poisoned in the tragic incident.
Drinking water and toilets also missing in most state-run schools
Author: Jitendra
Nine out of every 10 state government schools in Bihar up to the upper primary level provide mid-day meals to students, but only a tenth of these have a kitchen shed for cooking food, according to official statistics.


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