Private role in midday meal opposed

Private role in midday meal opposed
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Midday Meal Scheme Workers Union (MMSWU) state secretary K Swaroopa Rani demanded that the state government cancel the Memo No 23349 on handover of operation of midday meal scheme to private and voluntary organisations like Akshaya Patra as nearly 80,000 women were depending on the scheme by serving healthy food to schoolchildren in the state for the past 15 years.

Vijayawada: Midday Meal Scheme Workers Union (MMSWU) state secretary K Swaroopa Rani demanded that the state government cancel the Memo No 23349 on handover of operation of midday meal scheme to private and voluntary organisations like Akshaya Patra as nearly 80,000 women were depending on the scheme by serving healthy food to schoolchildren in the state for the past 15 years.

MMSWU demands the state government withdraw the memo facilitating handover of scheme to NGOs like Akshaya Patra

MMSWU state committee members held a round-table over the scheme at Press Club here on Tuesday. Speaking at the meet, Swaroopa Rani said that private and voluntary organisations were planning to construct mega kitchen room at every mandal headquarters for preparing food to nearly 20,000 to 25,000 schoolchildren with the support of the state government and ruling party leaders.

She reminded that the MMSW had been providing healthy food to children without failing from 2003 onwards even though the state government had not been sanctioning mess bills to MMDW regularly. She said schoolchildren were deprived of midday meals in some areas in the state because Iskcon, Nandhi, Akshaya Patra, Buddhavarapu Trust and other private institutions were offering unhygienic food to them.

Swaroopa Rani said that the state government must provide identity cards and pay Rs 5,000 salary per month to MMSW members. “The state and the Union governments should provide kitchen sheds, water resources, and gas on subsidy and provide accident insurance and free medical care to the members of MMSW,” she added.

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