The Allahabad High Court on Wednesday asked the state government to submit the policy on midday meal that is being followed in the state. The court has fixed August 5 as the next date of hearing.
The court passed the order while hearing a PIL filed by Uttar Pradesh Pradhanacharya Parishad,a forum of principals of government-aided schools in and around Meerut,in which an order passed by the District Inspector of Schools (DIOS) of Meerut was challenged.
The order,passed on June 19,directed that it would be the duty of the principals of government-aided primary schools in Meerut to get midday meals prepared on the campus and distributed among the children. The DIOS had cited a government order dated August 12,2010,in this regard.
Hearing the PIL,a division bench of Chief Justice Shiva Kirti Singh and Justice Vikram Nath directed the state government to submit its policy on midday meals. It also said that till such time,the old arrangement would continue.
For the past three years,the aided schools in Meerut were being supplied midday meals through non-government organisations. This was done on the basis of an earlier government order,in which midday meal supplies through NGOs was allowed. Our main contention is that the principals are supposed to take care of academics in schools and,therefore,they should not be burdened with the additional task of getting the midday meal prepared on the campus, said Anurag Khanna,counsel for the petitioner.