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Congress Slams Govt Move to Link Aadhaar, Mid-day Meal Scheme

The Congress on Sunday criticised the NDA government's move to link midday meal scheme benefits with Aadhaar card, saying the decision should not be 'forced' on children.

Press Trust Of India

Updated:March 5, 2017, 6:37 PM IST
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Congress Slams Govt Move to Link Aadhaar, Mid-day Meal Scheme
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New Delhi: The Congress on Sunday criticised the NDA government's move to link midday meal scheme benefits with Aadhaar card, saying the decision should not be "forced" on children.

The Human Resource Development ministry had announced that cook-cum-helpers working under the midday meal scheme as well as student beneficiaries will now be required to have an Aadhaar card to avail the facility.

"The government should not deprive the children of the benefits of the scheme by making the Aadhaar card mandatory for availing its benefits. We demand that it should not be forced on them," AICC secretary Bhakta Charan Das said at a media briefing in New Delhi.

Midday meal scheme (MDMS) is a centrally sponsored scheme to boost the universalisation of primary education by increasing enrolment, retention and attendance in primary and upper primary classes.

Das claimed that there are some 12 crore children enrolled countrywide under the scheme and that there right to have nutritious food in adequate quantities should not be "taken away".

As per guidelines, cooked meals are to be provided with 450 and 700 calories and 12 gm and 20 gm protein contents for primary and upper primary schoolchildren, respectively.

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| Edited by: Huma Tabassum
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