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The death of 27 school kids at Chapra in Bihar after consuming food that was provided as part of the mid-day meal scheme is horrifying.

india Updated: Jul 18, 2013 23:37 IST

It’s downright dangerous to feed children these meals
The death of 27 school kids at Chapra in Bihar after consuming food that was provided as part of the mid-day meal scheme is horrifying. The callousness and criminal negligence that largely emanates from the perceived notion that the lives of children from disadvantaged backgrounds is a non-issue often results in such avoidable tragedies. If the authorities concerned with the meal scheme had been a bit more careful it would not have resulted in the death of so many children. The state government is rightly being pilloried for the failure to monitor the implementation of the scheme.
G David Milton, via email

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The Chapra tragedy, where 27 schoolchildren lost their lives, is a result of the gross negligence on the part of the Nitish Kumar government. This is a reflection of the importance we, the government and the people, give to the poor in the country. Politicians are not concerned about the problems children face as they do not belong to any prospective vote bank. The bureaucracy should be made accountable for such negligence and tough measures, including criminal charges, need to be taken to ensure that such tragedies do not take place in future.
Dikshita Damodaran, New Delhi

Give more attention to core issues
This is with reference to There is sense of great urgency (Our Take, July 17). For better economic development and further liberalisation the government has decided to increase FDI in the civil aviation, defence, natural gas and petroleum, telecom and insurance sectors. This is a decision that has come late in the day and it is doubtful whether it will have any impact. While this will allow more money to flow into the country, the decline of exports continues. If nothing is done, these measures will have a temporary effect at best.
Vishwas K Pehere, Ahmednagar

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