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Midday Meal Scheme: Parents and Children in DK Taluks Opt Out of Midday Meal Scheme During Summer Vacations | Mangaluru News

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Mangaluru: Parents and children in two drought-hit taluks in Dakshina Kannada (DK)—Mangaluru and Moodbidri—have ‘opted out’ on extending the Midday Meal scheme during summer vacations in April and May.Karnataka govt has announced that it will extend the midday meal scheme during summer vacations to 223 drought-hit taluks, including two from DK. As a result of this, the midday meal scheme officials and other departments, who took the opinion of parents and students from these drought-hit taluks, have expressed that they are unwilling to provide midday meal during the summer vacation.Rajesh G, assistant director of Midday Meal scheme, Dakshina Kannada, said that there were no takers in the past, whenever the government had extended the Midday Meal scheme during vacations in drought-hit areas of the district. As a result, the schools were in confusion. To make a clear decision, the government had asked officials to survey and collect opinions from parents and children about serving midday meals. “The collective opinion from parents and students was received. The conclusion was that none of them would avail themselves of the facility that was extended. Therefore, the department will submit the report to the zilla panchayat on the opinion, and later it will be shared with state govt,” said Rajesh.The two taluks comprise about 47,000 children from government and aided schools, who are eligible for the Midday Meal scheme. According to Midday Meal scheme officials, these two taluks also largely comprise students, who are from North Karnataka. “As soon as schools declare summer vacation, they go back to their hometowns, whearas local students are not keen to come to school campuses and have midday meals. As a result, there are no takers for the extended Midday Meal programme. The survey undertaken has helped to take a clear decision,” shared a senior official.

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