The video of students of being served salt and roti in their midday meal at a government-run primary school in Mirzapur district had gone viral on social media on August 22, triggering widespread outrage and leading to the suspension of two teachers.
The circular asked the district inspector of schools to send names of the government-run and government-aided schools having over 70 per cent minority students so that a dining hall for midday meal could be constructed.
Over 2.18 lakh cooks, who had been engaged in part-time contract jobs, have been on an indefinite strike since 7 January demanding an increase in wages, payment of wages on a 12-month basis as opposed to the current 10 working months wage system.
The Dalit woman, P Pappal, was transferred to another school last month after the parents of children of Gounder community had opposed to her appointment and exerted pressure on the authorities concerned to shift her.
The headmaster said he suspected that the girl had done so to “avenge” the death of her younger brother, who had died after another student allegedly hit him on the head with a stone in February this year.
An RTI reply from the DoE, received in April 2017, shows that services of three suppliers were discontinued in 2013 after worms were found in the food they had served children, who had to be hospitalised.