More than a fortnight after schools opened to some classes, the government is yet to restart midday meals.
The government has planned to extend the distribution of ration kits, which they are now giving retrospectively for the lockdown months when students were denied the meals.
As the bench was not satisfied with the government’s proposed relief measures, the hearing was adjourned to December 15.
But the bench was not convinced about the manner in which the state government made the assessment for proposed compensation.
Unhappy with the compensation, the bench warned of initiating action against officials who failed to provide meals, saying it is gross violation of Article 21 of the Constitution.
It directed the Secretary responsible for the implementation of the National Food Security Act in the state to file an affidavit in this regard.
The suspension of supplies also came at a time when proper nutrition was considered crucial to boost the children’s immunity against Covid-19.
The state has decided to provide 108 days worth of foodgrains for midday meals which were supposed to be distributed from June to October.
As the foodgrains are rotting, the School Education Department is understood to have directed the respective school heads to return the rice to the Civil Supplies Department.
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‘Padhadyee Tunwar Dwar’ - the flagship programme of the Chhattisgarh government came in handy to ensure the effective delivery right from the education to dry ration distribution at the doorsteps.
The Department of Education will also be conducting a device availability survey for online classes.
So far, the scheme had been available only for high school students in the state
The High Court launched mobile videoconferencing service on Monday to help advocates who do not have access to virtual courts.
The documents also revealed that Uttarakhand government provided ration to children only on 48 out of 66 working days between March 13 to May 17, 2020.
Sixty-six-year old M V Devi started as a midday meal worker at ALP School, Kakkur, in the district 35 years ago when `5 was her daily wage.