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23 children died in Chappra, Bihar after they ate the Midday Meal served to them in their school. Investigations found that the meal contained poisonous substanceÂ organophosphorus in oil samples collected from the school. While this case caught the eye of the media, it definitely is not the first of its kind case. Midday meal has had the dubious distinction for being more unhealthy, with insects and reptiles being found in the food to the children falling sick after eating the meal, and even resulting in death.
As India strives hard to achieve high nutrition delivery for its children, and also add more value to education for the underprivileged, do you think that the Midday Meal scheme should be centralized and monitored by a central body, or should there be more focus on improving the decentralized model with more accountability?