Hasn’t it always been a task to send young children to school? To find a solution to this age-old problem Akhilesh Yadav, the young Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh has come up with a tasty idea. To encourage children of primary schools to attend school he has introduced free distribution of fruits, as morning snack. This will be done in schools which are covered under Mid-Day Meal scheme.
Such an initiative will not just lure young children to attend school but at the same time benefit their health. According to a popular study, important nutrients in fruits increase the retention power of the brain. Hence, the young children will take more interest in studies and will be less prone to falling ill. The children will start their day with a fruit so that they have the necessary calorie count for the rest of the day.
Fruits will be provided to children on Mondays, so that they look forward to returning to school after the weekend. This scheme will be initiated as soon as the schools reopen after the Summer Break. The state government has allocated a separate budget of Rs. 200 crore for this scheme.
Akhilesh Yadav said, “The fruit will help in meeting the daily dietary requirement of the children”, while announcing this project. There are around 1.5 lakh primary and upper primary schools in Uttar Pradesh with a collective strength of 2 crore students. Principal of a primary school in trans-Yamuna area, AK Pandey said, “A seasonal fruit coupled with milk in mid day meal is expected to provide the necessary vitamins and minerals to students.”
We can definitely expect a boost in Monday attendance and holistic growth of the child, once the Mid-Day Meal comes with seasonal fruits.