NEW DELHI: The centre took the initiative to announce that mid-day meal program will still be continued even after the schools remain closed amidst the highly-contagious coronavirus outbreak which has now been declared as a pandemic. It is being done "to meet nutritional requirements of the eligible children".
The mid-day meal scheme, a school meal programme which was started by the country's government to improve upon the nutritional standing of school-going children would provide free lunches during the week for school students belonging to primary and upper primary classes.
A letter was issued by the Ministry of Human Resource Development that stated, "It is learnt that schools in many states and Union Territories have been closed as a precautionary measure to protect the students from Novel Covid-19 virus. Under such extraordinary circumstances, the Central government has decided to provide mid-day meals to meet the nutritional requirements of the eligible children under the mid-day meal scheme in order to safeguard their immunity."
The letter also said that under any circumstances in case the meal is not provided due to logistical reasons, "Food Security Allowance" will be paid by the government.
As of 20 March 2020, there are currently 200 individuals who have been infected by the life-threatening virus in the nation, with 4 deaths. The centre also requested all the states to shut schools to stabilise and control the outbreak.