Move to hand over MDM scheme to pvt firms opposed

Move to hand over MDM scheme to pvt firms opposed
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Political parties, trade union leaders and Mid-Day Meals (MDM) workers demanded that the State and Central governments should withdraw memo number 23340 and strongly opposed the government’s move to hand over MDM scheme to private organisations which would leave 80,000 workers jobless.

Vijayawada: Political parties, trade union leaders and Mid-Day Meals (MDM) workers demanded that the State and Central governments should withdraw memo number 23340 and strongly opposed the government’s move to hand over MDM scheme to private organisations which would leave 80,000 workers jobless.

They participated in a State-level conference organised by the CITU at Makineni Basavapunnaiah Vignana Kendram here on Sunday. Speaking on the occasion, MLC Boddu Nageswara Rao said by privatisation of the MDM scheme, workers who have been working for the last 15 years would lose their livelihood.

As per the Supreme Court order, hygienic food should be supplied to the children and by privatisation of MDM scheme, hygienic food cannot be supplied as food for 25,000 students would be cooked in private kitchens and distributed to schools located 20 km away, he said. He demanded that the government should withdraw the proposal of privatisation of MDM scheme and continue the old system of cooking at the school premises and serving oven fresh food to the children.

Congress party leader N Narsimha Rao pointed out that private organisations like Akshaya, ISKCON, Hare Rama Hare Krishna and Nandi were supplying mid-day meal for schools at Visakhapatnam, Kakinada, Rajamahendravaram, Tirupati, Nellore, Mangalagiri and Tadepalli.

He further said that egg is not being served to children and onion and garlic are not used in the curry preparation.
He alleged that sub-standard food was being served at government schools and flayed the ruling party for claiming that it is concerned about the food provided to children and their health as they are the future of the nation.

CITU State general secretary K Swaroopa Rani also demanded that the government should withdraw the proposal to hand over MDM scheme to private organisations. She demanded job security and identity cards for MDM workers. They should be provided insurance and free medical facility.

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