Karnataka NGO in a Fix After Govt Order Mandates Use of Onions in Mid-day Meal
The Akshaya Patra foundation, which is one of the largest providers of meals in the state, does not use onions in its 'satvik' food.
Bengaluru: The Karnataka government's direction to include specific items in mid-day meals provided to children in state-run schools has put NGO Akshaya Patra in a fix.
The directive mandates inclusion of onions, among other things, in the meal at least five days a week.
However, the foundation, which is one of the largest providers of meals in the state and provides food to more than four lakh students, does not use onions in its 'satvik' food.
The foundation in a statement said, "We would like to clarify that our freshly cooked meals are in compliance with the nutrition norms prescribed by the ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, and government of Karnataka. It is our constant endeavour to contribute to the government’s effort in promoting good health and nutrition among children which is essential for their holistic growth and development. Akshaya Patra is committed to serve quality, hygienic and nutritious food to schoolchildren every day and implement Akshara Dasoha, the flagship mid-day meal programme of government of Karnataka".
Meanwhile, the foundation has not signed a memorandum of understanding with the state government for the year 2018-19.
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