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In order to maintain proper hygiene of the food being served to students under the governments mid day meal scheme, the Supreme Court has asked the centre and states how they were monitoring the implementation of the schemes in government schools across the country.

Earlier, with centre and the state governments saying those two committees at the national and state level, a bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud has sought for a sponse on this.

While posting the matter for hearing to August 24 the bench said, "How will the implementation of the scheme take place? Tell us and we will crystalise it (in the form of an order)."

Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) :

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.

Here's what centre told SC :

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.

Recent developments in mid-day meals :

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.

Benefits of the scheme :

In the mid-day meal scheme, the government gives free lunch to students from class 1 to 8 on working days.


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