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A year on, no lessons learnt from Bihar mid day meal tragedy -Jyotika Sood

-Down to Earth Civil society calls for pesticide-free, organic food under government programmes for children while Bihar focuses on building new kitchens in government schools A year after 23 school children in Bihar's Saran district died of insecticide poisoning after consuming food served under Mid Day Meal (MDM) Scheme, government agencies seem to have forgotten the serious concern over handling and banning of hazardous chemicals that the tragedy raised. The children of Dharmasati-Gandaman...

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Dalit women ensure mid day meals for children -Shuriah Niazi

-One World South Asia/ Women's Feature Service This is a success story. The backdrop: a small, dusty village in Madhya Pradesh; the protagonists: oppressed dalit women, who managed to shed their inhibitions and overcome centuries old caste and class baggage to save their children from the curse of hunger and severe malnutrition. Mundalana village in Sonkatch block of Dewas district is home to 800 dalits, out of a total population of 2,600. Owing...

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Vested interests setback to India's poverty reduction quest: Jean Dreze

-PTI He noted that India's performance in poverty reduction and public welfare schemes is now lower even than that of poor countries Vested interests of individuals and "lobbying" among political parties is acting as impediment in India's quest for poverty reduction, noted economist Jean Dreze has said. The economist said it was "ironical" that during the peak period of the country's development, the corresponding indexes for poverty reduction, nutrition and health status have...

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UPA's food scheme rollout to take a decade: Chhattisgarh CM

-The Business Standard Said his govt had introduced a lot of reforms and had worked on the ground for eight years before enforcing a legislation New Delhi: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Tuesday said the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government would need another 10 years to implement the National Food Security Ordinance. Singh, who was the chief guest at a symposium on food security here, said his government had introduced a lot...

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Chhattisgarh: 30 take ill after eating mid-day meal

-PTI Raipur: Nearly 30 students were fell illafter eating mid day meals at their school in Chhattisgarh's Bemetara district on Saturday, district authorities said. "Thirty students of a Primary school at Maugaon village complained of stomach pain and vomiting after eating the mid-day meal, following which 25 of them were rushed to Bemetara district hospital," Bemetara Collector Basavaraju S told PTI over phone. "The condition of these 25 children is said to be...

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