Gujarat High Court issues notice to state govt on mid-day meal schemes
The Gujarat High Court issued notice to the Principal Secretary, Education Department, Government of Gujarat and Commissioner, regarding the Mid-day Meal Schemes of State of Gujarat.the division bench of Justice J. B. Pardiwala and Justice Ilesh J. Vora took suo motu cognizance after taking into account a news report that mid-day meals are not being made available to 52 lakh children since March 2020. The state government is not providing mid-day meals to the children and neither ration or food coupons were issued to them.
In a survey conducted by the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) and the UNICEF Gujarat, 85 percent of the parents said that since March, children are not getting any benefit of the mid-day meal scheme. Even in the month of March, only 30% of the children took advantage of it.