press trust of india
Patna, 26 July
Midday meals could not be served in over 4,600 schools, affecting nearly 10 lakh students for the second consecutive day today in Bihar due to primary school teachers boycotting the duties.
“As per our reports, midday meals could not be served in over 4,600 schools across the state out of a total of 70,000 schools covered by the programme. About 10 lakh students have been deprived of the food due to boycott,” Director, Bihar, midday meal scheme, Mr R Lakshamanan told PTI.
Sources in the Education department said that midday meal supply was disrupted for the second day in many schools in Saran, Purnia, Sheohar and Araria districts among others.
While the government figures claim that around 20 per cent have been affected by the boycott, the Bihar Primary School Teachers Association, claimed the food is not served in almost 95 per cent of the schools of the state due to primary teachers agitation, Association president Brajnandan Sharma said.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar appealed to the teachers in the Assemble premises to cooperate in successful run of the mid-day meal scheme for which there has been directions from the Supreme Court too.
Mr Sharma said the state government has not invited them for talks to redress their problems.