The Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission (MPHRC) has taken cognizance of reports of a primary school in Obedullaganj where children are not served midday meal in plates.
Hindustan Times in its October 19 edition reported that the Rozra Chakkar government primary school has only 12 plates for the 47 students who study in the school. Around three to four students are forced to eat their meals from a single plate — a lack of bowls means all the vegetables, lentils and other liquids are also served in the same utensil. Many students are forced to keep their rotis either on their lap or on the ground to keep it dry.
The rights panel has asked education additional chief secretary and women and child department principal secretary to submit a detailed report on whether or not schools across the state have sufficient utensils.
“We have given 15 days to the departments to submit the reports because children should get proper utensils to eat in and not be forced to keep rotis on the ground. Raisen collector too has been issued a missive on the same,” said MPHRC joint director LR Sisodia.
The MPHRC team inspected anganwadis in Bhopal, Raisen, Sehore and other districts and suggested ways to improve the conditions of centres. The probe team found that anganwadis in these districts do not open as per the time scheduled and meals and breakfast are not served as per the menu. The centres lack proper toilet facilities, adequate space to accommodate children.