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Central kitchen: Women self-help groups file PIL in HC

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NASHIK:

It has been started to give a mid-day meal from the central kitchen to schools in the city. However, women self-help groups filed public interest litigation (PIL) in Mumbi High Court against it. Women of the self-help groups alleged that the decision to provide mid-day meal from the central kitchen was out of rule.

Due to the central kitchen, 1240 women and their family are facing difficulty. Meanwhile, the High Court can give time in a one-one-and half month to table their side. Considering Diwali holidays, hearing or decision regarding this can take much time. A total of 1.18 lakh students from 275 municipal and private aided schools have been benefitted by the central kitchen scheme.

The states government decided to provide mid-day meal from the central kitchen with a view to give hot and nutritious food to those student studying in standard Ist to VIIIth. A total of 23 agencies had submitted their bids to take part in the scheme. The work has been given to 13 agencies out of them. As the contract of women self-help groups has been cancelled, they have opposed this process. Some agencies and self-help groups have no experience. Currently, there is chaos in food distribution. Students and schools will face difficulties due to this.

Women self-help groups are facing difficult times as work was taken away from them, informed Sarla Chavan.
Federation of women self-help group has opposed the central kitchen scheme. They demanded to keep work with them as they are providing food under the mid-day meal scheme for the last 15 days.

Political persons are part of those 13 agencies to which the contract has been given. Two blacklisted agencies are also among them, also alleged women, self-help groups. Representatives of women self-help groups met NMC administrative officer (education) Devidas Mahajan and opposed the scheme.

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