By Maithili Parikh, Government Law College, Mumbai.
With the twin objectives of improving the health and education of the underprivileged, India has embarked upon an ambitious scheme of providing mid-day meals (MDM) in government and government assisted primary schools, starting from 2004. However despite the broad-based efforts of the Central Government for more than a decade and a half, the problems of anemia, vitamin deficiency, and malnutrition still plague Indian children. However more alarming than the dismal statistics on the impact of the scheme is the controversies it has generated across the country from Saran to Hyderabad and from Agra to Tamilnadu. It has been reported that the food provided by the scheme has poisoned children, causing them to fall sick after consumption. (more…)