Mid-day meals cancelled at Malappuram during Ramadan

via HK Correspondent published on October 16, 2006

Malappuram: During the month of Ramadan in Malappuram district of Kerala, the distribution of mid-day meals at various LP and UP schools were stopped.


Since the majority of the students of this district are from the Muslim community and are fasting, the poor Hindu children are denied their mid-day meals under the guise of this religious practice.


There are 223 UP schools and 477 LP schools under the aided private schools section and 12 UP schools and 350 LP schools under govt schools in this district. Even though the govt has appointed monitoring officers to see that mid-day meals are distributed in a fair manner, as far as the denial of mid-day meals distribution during Ramadan are concerned, these officers are not taking any stern action against defaulting schools. The finance of this scheme is made available by the govt through Panchayat officers and AEO officers. Every school has a PTA committee under the guidance of the head master of the school. But it is this very same committee who works hard in glove with the mullahs to deny mid-day meals to the down-trodden Hindu children.


During the start of the academic year, the school who are supposed to distribute meals to the kids apply to the AEO office for finance and this money which is used for purchasing the food stuff and pay wages to the cooks. After the collecting money from the govt, these schools are denying mid-day meals to the poor starving Hindu children. We have to remember that in the name of religious fasting, the poor down-trodden, socially and financially backward Hindu children are being punished by making them compulsorily fast during the month of Ramadan.

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