A centralised kitchen that will prepare mid-day meals for nearly 47,000 school children was inaugurated by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday. The facility, spread over 1 acre, will provide hot and nutritious meals to students in government-run primary and middle schools in the urban areas of the Bhopal district, Chouhan said.
Mid-day meals are given to students in government and government-aided schools across the country under the PM Poshan Programme. CM Chouhan said the state government has signed an agreement with the Akshaya Patra Foundation, a Bengaluru-headquartered NGO, to run the kitchen. More such organisations will be roped in to provide mid-day meals in government schools in the state, he said.
The kitchen has come up at a cost of Rs 12 crore spent by HEG Limited, which will also give Rs 7 crore a year to provide additional dishes like cake, “sweet dalia” and “kheer” to the students, said Chouhan. The NGO said the kitBchen is the biggest mid-day meal facility in Madhya Pradesh and will serve food to students in 900 schools.
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Story first published: Wednesday, January 25, 2023, 15:21 [IST]