What is wrong with government sanctioned midday meals?

There's something seriously wrong with government schemes all over the country. First, 27 children died and over 200 fell ill in Bihar after eating the state government sanctioned midday meal which is a major reason many poor parents send their children to school. Then news filtered in from Tamil Nadu that children there fell ill after a meal and now Goa is the latest state to be struck by the midday meal spectre. Twenty primary students from a school in Ponda were Friday rushed to hospital after they complained of stomach pain and vomiting after eating a mid-day meal.

An education department official said the students were eating a meal comprising vegetable and lentil curry at the St. Joseph High School in Usgao in Ponda sub-district, 30 km from Goa. They have been immediately shifted to the Ponda ID (Infectious Diseases) hospital for treatment. It appears to be a case of food poisoning, the official said. The incident comes barely days after 23 school children in Bihar's Saran district died after eating contaminated food. On June 27, at least 23 school students similarly fell ill after eating a mid-day meal at Canacona, 70 km south of Panaji.

With inputs from IANS

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