The Bihar Education Minister claimed the school principal's husband was a politician and supplied raw food items for the mid day meal.
The Bihar tragedy has put focus back on the quality of food being served in mid day meals, this is a report from Delhi and it shows how a disaster is waiting to happen.
The principal of the school has been suspended and the state government has ordered an inquiry into the tragedy.
All the students have been admitted to a local hospital. Two of them are critical.
The state government provides firewood apart from pulses and the rice to schools in Tamil Nadu.
While 21 children have died, the cook who prepared the food also died at a hospital on Wednesday morning.
A mid day meal that proved fatal for school children in Chhapra in Bihar has left 20 dead and over 30 hospitalised.
Violent protests erupted in Chhapra in Bihar on Wednesday where 20 children died on Tuesday after consuming mid day meal in their school.
This comes even as 20 children died after consuming the mid day meal at a government school in Chhapra.
For the past 12 years, Akshaya Patra Foundation has served cooked food to nearly 14 lakh children in government schools.
Bihar Education Minister PK Sahi claims the food was poisoned and that a probe will find if it was deliberate or accidental.
The Opposition RJD and BJP have called for a bandh in Chhapra on Wednesday, while the LJP called for Bihar bandh.
CNN-IBN has found that half of the food is being siphoned off by NGOs, which run these schemes.
Over 50 children, all aged between 8 and 12 years, fell seriously ill after having the mid day meal at their school in Chhapra.
Taking a dig at UPA government's ambitious food security programme, Narendra Modi said India's priority is skill development and merely bringing in the Bill would not feed the needy.
Narendra Modi also criticised the UPA government for the current economic scenario in the country and the falling rupee.
Congress believes the scheme will be a game changer for it in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
The Congress has decided to start the rollout of the Food Security scheme from August 20, the birth anniversary of Late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the Food Security Ordinance has been brought in a rush and all its aspects have not been considered.
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