Primary School Children Served "Turmeric-Rice" For Mid-Day Meal In Uttar Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh government was embarrassed once again after a video showing children of a primary school having ‘haldi-chawal’ (turmeric-rice) as a mid-day meal went viral on the social networking sites.
Turmeric water being served to School Children in MidDay meal in Sitapur , U.P surfaced.
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It was alleged that the children of the primary school at Vichparia village in the Sitapur district were served rice and juice prepared with turmeric, even though as per the menu they were supposed to be served vegetables and rice.
District basic education department officials, who rushed to the school after the video went viral, denied the charges and claimed that the kids had been served rice and vegetables, Deccan Herald reported.
”The children were given soybeans and rice as mid-day meal… they consumed the beans first and then had the rice with the juice… someone made the video while they were having rice with the yellowish juice and hence the confusion,” said a senior district education department official in Sitapur on Sunday.
The ‘haldi-chawal’ footage comes a fews after a video, posted by journalist Pawan Kumar Jaiswal showed children at a primary school in Mirzapur district eating ‘namak-roti’ (chapati-salt) as mid-day meal, triggered a nationwide outrage.
At that time, the officials had claimed that the video was ”manipulated” and accused the local scribe of hatching a ”conspiracy” to ”defame” the state government. An FIR was also registered against him, but the state government had to retreat following widespread criticism from media organisations.
#Mirzapur के एक स्कूल में बच्चों को मिड-डे-मील में नमक रोटी दी जा रही है।
ये उत्तर प्रदेश भाजपा सरकार की व्यवस्था का असल हाल है।
जहाँ सरकारी सुविधाओं की दिन-ब-दिन दुर्गति की जा रही है। बच्चों के साथ हुआ ये व्यवहार बेहद निंदनीय है। pic.twitter.com/FMD5cYE5Jn
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