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Modi had inaugurated Gujarat's first Akshaya Patra kitchen as CM: NGO official

Press Trust of India  |  Vrindavan (UP) 

Narendra Modi, who served Akshaya Patra's to schoolchildren from underprivileged background on Monday, had opened its "first kitchen" in in 2004 as the state's chief minister, a senior functionary of the NGO said.

A mega event was held in the in this holy city to mark "three billionth meal" offered by Akshaya Patra.

"This is PM Modi's first visit to .. And, we are fortunate to have the himself serving the three billionth meal. Incidentally, he had inaugurated the foundation's first kitchen in Gandhinagar in 2004 as Gujarat's chief minister," said Bharatarshabha Dasa, Director, Strategic Relations,

served as the state's from 2001 to 2014 and in May 2014 became the country's after his swept the elections.

The first billionth meal was served by Narayana Murthy and the second billionth milestone was commemorated in the presence of then in in 2016.

during the event here also unveiled a ceremonial plaque to mark the serving of "3rd billionth meal" by the NGO.

Funded by for (ISKCON), is a Bengaluru-based not-for-profit organisation that works with the government on mid-day meal schemes.

Akshaya Patra has a state-of-the-art kitchen in Vrindavan and served to children near the facility.

The centralised kitchen in the caters to government schools in Mathura-Vrindavan as part of the mid-day meal scheme.

The capacity of the kitchen is to feed 1.5 lakh children per day, and each meal includes rice, dal, chapatti and a vegetable, a for the northern region, said.

The programme was streamed live on the web across all 42 centres of Akshaya Patra in the country, Naveena Neerada Dasa, the in ISKCON, said.

"In Gujarat, where we are a partner for the Mid-Day Meal Scheme, all government schools hosted the streaming," he said.

A silver 'patra' (container), as symbolised in the foundation's logo, was gifted to the prime minister, Dasa said.

The event will commemorate the NGO's serving of cumulative three billion meals since its inception in 2000.

Today, Akshaya Patra is the world's largest (not-for-profit run) mid-day meal programme serving every school day to over 1.76 million children from 14,702 schools across 12 states, the foundation said.

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First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 21:10 IST