International Society for Krishna Consciousness may end contract
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) reportedly decided to terminate mid-meal contract as the state government gave instructions to supply eggs to students as part of menu.
Chittoor: The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) reportedly decided to terminate mid-meal contract as the state government gave instructions to supply eggs to students as part of menu.
It may be stated here that the ISKCON has been providing mid-day meal to students of government schools with a service motive for the last few years. According to official information, the ISKCON is supplying mid-day meal for 46,725 students of 464 schools in 11 mandals.
- It is providing mid-day meals for 46,675 students in 464 schools
- NIN made egg must in mid-day meal but ISKCON providing fruits instead eggs
- The religious institution believes egg is a non-vegetarian food
- Collector instructs DEO to take steps for inclusion of eggs in mid-day meal scheme
They are Tirupati (Urban), Tirupati (Rural), Renigunta, Vadamalapet, Ramachandrapuram, Puttur, Piler, Kalikiri, Chinnagottigallu, Yerravanipalem, and Yerpedu. The religious institution believes that egg is a non-vegetarian food. Even though, it is mandatory for the ISKCON to supply eggs to the students in the mid-day meal as per the prescribed menu. But, it has been offering fruits in place of eggs.
The ISCKON had made it clear that it won’t provide eggs in the mid-day meal due to their religious belief. But, the state government instructed the ISKCON to provide eggs to the students as per the recommendation of the National Institute of Nutrition (NIN). As a result, the ISKCON reportedly decided to terminate mid-day meal contract.
It may be recalled that voluntary organisations, student unions and the Left parties were demanding that the government should cancel contract with the ISKCON as the religious body failed to provide eggs to the students. Two days ago, the NIN said that egg is mandatory in the mid-day meal and alternative food should not be supplemented.
District Collector P S Pradyumna has instructed the DEO to follow the instructions of the NIN and hand over mid-day meal contract to another agency.
Speaking to The Hans India here on Wednesday, DEO Samuel said that egg must be provided in mid-day meal for students. “We are exploring possibilities of providing three eggs per week as part of mid-day meal scheme through other agency,” he added. The DEO stated that the implementation of the scheme will be entrusted to DWCRA groups if the ISKCON decides to quit the contract.
By C Prabhakara Rao