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AAP govt join hands with Akshya Patra Foundation for mid-day meal in schools

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The would serve mid-day meals to around 40,000 students with the help of the Akshaya Patra Foundation under a pilot project, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said today.

Sisodia said Lt Governor Anil Baijal showed "positivity" for the proposal and "has plans to provide land to the foundation to set up kitchens for serving mid-day meals in schools".

The deputy chief minister said in the Assembly that the existing mid-day meal contractors are not dedicated towards the "spirit of service".

He said the is working on a strict tendering process under which action will be taken against contractors if they were found negligent in serving mid-day meals.

"The former (Najeeb Jung) was not ready to approve our proposal, but the new has shown some positivity.

"On a pilot basis, we will serve mid-day meals to around 40,000 students through the Akshaya Patra Foundation," he said.

The Akshaya Patra Foundation, on its website, claims it serves mida-day meals to 1.6 million children in 13,808 schools across 12 states in India.

During the discussion on mid-day meal, several MLAs also said the foundation be allowed to serve mid-day meals in all city government schools as it has "expertise" in this field.

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First Published: Wed, August 09 2017. 22:22 IST