New Delhi (NVI): Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today announced that the Delhi government will provide dry ration kits to the students of its schools for the next 6 months under mid-day meal scheme.
Speaking at a dry ration distribution event at a government school in Mandawali area, the Chief Minister said, the government Delhi is committed to ensure proper nutrition for the children and this dry ration will be distributed to the government school students under the mid-day meal scheme.
“When the schools were closed, we used to decide to send money for the mid-day meal to the parent’s account, but now it has been decided that we will give dry ration for schools across the country for next six months,” Kejriwal stated.
He added that the government has taken this decision in view of continued closure of schools since March due to coronavirus outbreak.
During the event, Kejriwal along with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia started this new scheme with distribution of dry ration kits to the school students and their families.
The chief minister further said that around 8 lakh families will benefit from this mid day meal scheme and earlier during lockdown period 10 lakh people were provided food in the schools and 1 crore people were given dry rations in the national capital.
However, the schools across the country were closed in March to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. They were partially reopened in some states from October 15.
Apart from this, the Delhi government has also announced that schools will not reopen in the national capital until the coronavirus vaccine is received in Delhi.