Supreme Court slaps fine of Rs 1 lakh on M’laya Govt for lapses in midday meal scheme


Shillong, December 5: The Meghalaya Government faced the flak of the Supreme Court for not creating an online link to monitor implementation of the midday meal scheme in government-run schools.

A bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur slapped a fine of Rs 1 lakh and has also slammed the government for not complying with the directions of the top court on the issue yet. The bench asked the state to deposit the amount with the Supreme Court Legal Services Authority within four weeks.

The apex court took a serious note after an NGO named Antarrashtriya Manav Adhikaar Nigraani Parishad filed a petition that students of government-aided schools across the country fall sick of food poisoning and other health-related hazards due to the lack of proper infrastructure of the mid-day meal scheme.

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Notably, on March 23, 2017, the apex court had asked all the state governments and Union Territories to upload information including the total number of students getting the benefit of the mid-day meal scheme within three months on their websites.