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Jul 26, 2018

Over 800 students fell ill after having mid-day meal in last 3 years

A total number of 887 children were reported ill after having Mid Day Meal in the country during the last three years. 

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for HRD Upendra Kushwaha said, a total number of 30 complaints from 15 states and union territories including Delhi regarding the poor quality of mid-day meal have been reported during the last three years.

The Minister said, the government has issued guidelines on quality, safety and hygiene in school level kitchens to all states and UTs. 

He said, these guidelines provide for instructions to schools to procure Agmark quality and branded items for preparation of mid-day meals, tasting of meals by two to three adult members of school management committee before serving to children. 

The Minister further said, the government has also adopted an elaborate monitoring mechanism at central, state and district levels to ensure quality food is served to children under the scheme. 

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