This statement from the SC came in after hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) 'Antarashtriya Manav Adhikaar Nigraani' in 2013, on the issue of mid-day meals. Moreover, it had issued directions to prevent incidents like the one that occurred in a government primary school in a Bihar village where 23 children died after eating contaminated food in 2013.
On March 23, the apex court had asked state governments and union territories to upload information including the total number of students getting benefit of the mid-day meal scheme within 3 months on their websites.
While relying to court, the centre said 11 other states, which have not filed their reply, were also "not averse" to providing the requisite information as required under the proforma, which contains heads under which information is to be uploaded on the website of the state education department.
Recently, the Delhi government has decided to extend the midday meal facility to all the girls upto class 12. This move from Delhi government has been initiated to provide free and better quality food to all the students in state run schools.
Some time ago, the HRD ministry has released a notification making the possession of Aadhaar card mandatory for school children. In the process to register all school children under the Aadhaar, it was estimated that there are 4.4 lakh 'ghost students' from schools in Jharkhand, Manipur and Andhra Pradesh.
In the mid-day meal scheme, the government gives free lunch to students from class 1 to 8 on working days.