One Dead, 10 Kids From AMC Schools Hospitalized

Ahmedabad: A seven-year old girl died on Monday night after suspected food poisoning at a municipal school on Saturday. Ten other students of two schools that got the same food and water have been admitted to Civil Hospital and private hospit a l s i n A s a r w a . Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has begun a probe into the incident.

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notices to the Chief Secretary, Delhi Government and Commissioners of three Municipal Corporations of the city on the allegations made in a me

The food being served to Delhi’s children under the mid-day meal scheme is far from being healthy with 83 per cent of the samples lifted for testing failing in the current fiscal.

Funds allocated and expenditure incurred under the Mid Day Meal Scheme during 2009-10 to 2011-12 and the current year 2012-13.

Number of institutions and Children covered under the Mid-Day Meal Scheme during 2009-10 to 2011-12 and the current year 2012-13.

Education was given short shrift in the Budget with barely 17% increase in allocation that is likely to leave flagship programmes like Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and mid-day meal scheme bereft of

Budget 2013-2014: speech of P. Chidambaram, Minister of Finance.

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has urged Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram to sanction a special economic package of Rs 7,565 crore to tide over the difficult financial situation created in the state due to the reportedly faulty recommendation of the 13th Finance Commission.

Virbhadra Singh met the Union minister in New Delhi and drew his attention to the fact that the commission had misjudged and under-assessed committed liabilities of the state government, as a result of which the state received a much less revenue deficit grant.

The Nobel laureate says neglecting children is not only unjust but also an economic blunder

Nobel laureate Amartya Sen said the National Food Security Bill needs to be strengthened to include children’s entitlements. According to him, the Bill, in the current form, neglects children. He pointed out that there are powerful lobbies for diesel and LPG subsidies, and even for exemptions of custom duties on gold imports. However, nobody is lobbying for children’s rights. Neglecting children is not only unjust but also an economic blunder, he said.

An ambitious food fortification programme launched in Rajasthan this past September benefiting school children through the mid-day meals scheme will be expanded this year to cover about 10 lakh children. The centralised kitchens are supplying fortified soya dal analogue containing additional micronutrients under the project.

The State Government is implementing the project in collaboration with Jaipur-based Institute of Health Management & Research (IIHMR) and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN). Mid-day meals were added to the programme after its successful execution through the public distribution system for common citizens, women and children having low levels of nutrition.