There was no irregularity in the purchase of eggs from private players for supplying to children in government and government-aided schools under the nutritious meal scheme across the state, Social Welfare Minister B Valarmathi informed the Tamil Nadu Assembly on Monday.
There is no proposal for supplying processed food under the midday meal programme, the HRD Ministry today said. This clarification came in the wake of some media reports that during her meeting with HRD Minister Smriti Irani on August 26, PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi had discussed about the supply of processed food under the midday scheme.
Four girl students aged between 10 to 12 years of a North Delhi Municipal Corporation in Auchandi village near Narela complained of stomach ache after having midday meal in a school and were admitted to a local hospital on Friday.
A school principal and her husband have been charged with murder in the chargesheet filed by police in a local court in the midday meal tragedy in a village primary school in Bihar`s Saran district in July in which 23 students died.
The per unit cost of midday meal fixed at Rs 3.11-Rs 4.65 is unrealistic as even a bottle of drinking water costs Rs 10, a parliamentary panel has said warning of more Bihar-like tragedies if not set right.
Expressing concern over instances of untouchability in the mid-day meal programme, a Parliamentary panel on Thursday recommended "exemplary punishment" against teachers and schools perpetuating such acts.