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Under Centre’s promise of a ‘nutritious’ meal, UP children get ‘salt’ and ‘roti’

Mirzapur | Children at a government primary school in Uttar Pradesh’s Mirzapur district on Thursday were served ‘salt’ and ‘Roti’ as a part of Nation’s flagship mid-day meal programme.

About 100 students were filmed eating their ‘meal’.

The mid-day meal scheme was launched by the government of India to increase the nutrition of school children with an annual budget of Rs 12,000 crore approximately.

The matter came to light after the video showing the children eating just Rotis and salt became viral.

The incident took place at government primary school, Shiur in Mirzapur. District magistrate Anurag Patel immediately instructed basic shiksha adhikari Praveen Kumar Tiwari to carry out a probe into the matter.

The website of the Uttar Pradesh mid-day meal authority, in-charge for all of the meals, incidentally has an extensive menu to be served to the kids.

It includes pulses rice, rotis and vegetables. Fruits and milk are included on certain days, according to the meal chart.

“Things are bad here. Sometimes, they feed the children salt and rotis. Sometimes salt and rice. When milk comes here on the rare occasion, most of it is never distributed. Bananas are never distributed. It has been like this for over a year now,” a parent told a local journalist in an interview at the school, as reported by NDTV.
“The basic shiksha adhikari (BSA) has been instructed to carry out a probe into the matter and ensure strict action against those responsible for it. There should be no laxity in it,” said the district magistrate.
According to the scheme, each child is meant to intake at least 45 calories per day, which should include at least 12 grams of protein too, each day.
Bengal witnessed a similar incident, where children were served rice with salt, even though the official notice read soya bean curry and dal.

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