No end in sight for Mid-day meal strike

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The quality of food served in schools under the Midday Meal Scheme continues to remain poor across the state.

Cases of cooking of poor quality meals in unhygienic conditions, inadequate and poor quality of infrastructure in terms of kitchen sheds and utensils were rampant across all states exposing children to health hazards, reports said.

The mid-day meal workers have been carrying out a series of agitations from October 21, demanding immediate removal of the NGOs assigned to distribute midday meal services at primary schools, regularisation of their jobs and increased remuneration.

However, the government conveyed to the Association that there is no threat to the services of the midday meal workers.

The supply of midday meals to primary schools in Assam was restored to a large extent on Tuesday after steps by the state government. However, the meal workers said they would continue their agitation in a peaceful manner.

State education minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya alleged that the protests carried out by the meal workers are politicised by certain vested groups. He appealed to the protesting meal workers not to take the law into their hands.

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