One litre milk diluted with water served to 81 state-board students in Sonbhadra UP
On Friday the video has been emerged from Uttar Pradesh’s Sonbhadra that shown a cook of the government’s mid-day meal programme mixing a packet of one-litre milk with bucket of water to feed some 81 students at a local school.
Sonbhadra district is one of the most underdeveloped areas in Uttar Pradesh. Social workers say children from poor families in the district depend on the state-run scheme at government schools for at least one nutritious meal a day.
In the video reportedly taken by a member of the gram panchayat, the cook is seen boiling water in a large aluminium container before adding milk from a one-litre carton. She then stirs the vessel slowly as the mixing is complete.
The cook is seen giving the milk to waiting students, who mill about her with steel glasses in their hands. Turn by turn, they get about half-a-glass of the highly diluted milk.
The government primary school at Sonbhadra district's Chopan has 171 students; 81 turned up at the school on Wednesday when milk was served.
The video surfaced two months after a journalist from Uttar Pradesh was charged by police after he exposed alleged fraud in mid-day meals served to students. The police alleged the journalist conspired to defame the state government by showing children eating rotis with salt.