Flayed For Midday Meal Deaths, Bihar Now 5th Among Best Performing States

Published: 14th January 2014 04:44 PM  |   Last Updated: 14th January 2014 04:45 PM   |  A+A-


Despite facing nationwide criticism over death of 23 children after having the midday meal last year, Bihar now secured the fifth position among best performing states.      

Claiming Bihar made strides in providing midday meal, state Education minister P K Shahi told PTI as per assessment by Central agencies, "We are in the fifth position among best performing states in midday meal scheme for school children."      

Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Tripura were ahead of Bihar. The rank is given on assessing indices like coverage, hot meal and nutritional value of food served, the minister said talking on the sidelines of "Janata ke Darbar mein Mukhya Mantri" programme at CM'S residence yesterday.      

Shahi, accompanied by Principal Secretary Education Amarjeet Sinha, said for Bihar - which used to figure at the bottom of the ranking - moving to the fifth position was a big achievement which came due to emphasis given by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.       

The death of 23 children after eating midday meal in a primary school in Gandaman village of Saran district in June last year in Bihar had triggered nationwide outrage.       

The minister said in a new initiative, the state has launched Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS) developed by an IT company with the scheme's website for daily details of implementation of midday meal provided by principal of schools across the state.       

"Anybody can have a look at details through a click of mouse," Shahi said.                    

"The website has attracted many a states to emulate the experiment," he said proudly.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp