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Dhanteras 2016: Over 1 crore kids in UP to get mid-day meals in new steel utensils

Speed News Desk | First published: 28 October 2016, 19:36 IST
Dhanteras 2016: Over 1 crore kids in UP to get mid-day meals in new steel utensils

Ahead of the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls 2017, the state government has announced plans to distribute stainless steel plates and glasses to over 1 crore students in the state.

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav presented the first batch of the utensils at a government school in Mohanlalganj area, Lucknow, on 28 October - the occasion of Dhanteras. Under the plan, students of basic and primary schools across the state will be provided these new utensils for their Mid-day meals (MDM).

While the utensils will be distributed to only a few schools in the beginning, the utensils will be made available to all government schools in the state - in a phased manner - by the end of the year.

"Till now, the children were required to bring their own utensils from home but the practice will now be a thing of the past," MDM director Hemant Kumar told Hindustan Times.

"At times, children forget to bring glasses and they are served milk or 'kheer' in a plate causing inconvenience to them. Once they get new utensils, having meals will be easier for them," he told the daily.

The Midday Meal Scheme is a school meal programme of the Government of India designed to improve the nutritional status of school-age children nationwide. It aims to improve the enrolment, retention and attendance in primary and upper primary classes.

First published: 28 October 2016, 19:36 IST
 
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