Kitchen for midday meals to come up in Lucknow

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday laid the foundation of a modern centralised kitchen that Akshaya Patra Foundation, an NGO, is setting up in Lucknow to supply midday meals to the schools here. The state government has provided land free of cost to the NGO to set up the kitchen in Amausi industrial area.

Speaking on the occasion, Akhilesh said Akshaya Patra will supply nutritious meals from this kitchen to nearly 1 lakh students of Class I to VIII from July 2014 onwards. He said the NGO was at present supplying midday meal to around 1.64 lakh students in 1,865 schools of Vrindavan and Mathura. He asked the NGO authorities to start work in other districts also. "Unless the stomach of the students is full, they cannot concentrate on studies. So the state government is committed to provide them nutritious food along with good quality education," Akhilesh said.

He said free laptops to students of government schools have brought them at par with students of public schools.

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