The Karnatka High Court recently asked the state government to take a decision on restarting the mid day meal scheme, as the mid may meal constitutes an important part of the fundamental right to education guaranteed under Article 21A.
This matter was taken up by the division bench of Justices BV Nagarathna and JM Khazi. During the hearing, the Court also seeked information on the Anganwadi’s Scheme of meal.
In response, Advocate General of Karnataka stated that the Anganwadi centres are kept open from 9:30 am to 12:00 noon and that Supplementary Nutrition Programme (SNP) food is being supplied to the doorsteps of Anganwadi beneficiaries.The attendance of children in Anganwadis is on a rotational basis and SNP food in the form of Take Home Ration (THR) is being provided instead of hot cooked meals.
The report which the Advocate General submitted also contained the information about the mid day meal of students from classes 6 to 10.He said that,”the State government has decided to continue with the Food Security Allowance in the form of food grains to be supplied to the students.”
However, the Court observed that no effective steps have been taken for recommencement of mid-day meals for children attending classes from 6 to 10.
The matter has now been adjourned to April 8.