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Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore (SMK/MSP)
Mangalore May 31: With the intention of serving school-going children hot and healthy lunch, Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd (MRPL) and International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), in association with Dakshina Kannada zilla panchayat, have initiated the mid-day meal programme for the children studying in schools surrounding Katipalla and Chelairu villages.
Inaugurating the programme at the zilla panchayat higher primary school Katipalla on Saturday May 31, MRPL managing director R Rajamani said, that about 5000 students in the region will be benefited from this programme in the first and second phases and an amount of Rs.36 lac annually will be spent for the purpose.
In India, thousands of children are forced to do menial jobs or domestic works, depriving them of studying in schools and getting a formal education. Mid-day meal programme has banished illiteracy for a large extent and it is proven fact that attendance percentage has gone up remarkably after its inception in the state, he observed.
Karunya Das of ISKCON said that hunger is a silent killer and chronic malnutrition is a worrisome phenomenon particularly among the poor classes of the country. Mid-day meal has acted as an encouragement for the drop - out students to come back to schools. ISKCON aims at eradicating both material and spiritual poverty and it serves food and knowledge to more than 8 lac students in the country, he explained.
President of zilla panchayat Sucharita Shetty, Chitranga Das and Prameela were present on the occasion.