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India: Religious sentiment drives eggs out of state-funded mid-day meals for children | Maps on the provision of eggs in MDMs and ICDS

2 June 2015

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[Posted below is a news report saying Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has asked officials to not include eggs — a high-protein source — in the anganwadi mid-day meals. The decision was taken as he apparently, did not want to hurt the sentiments of the vegetarian Jain community. THis is followed by maps from the right to food campaign on the provision on eggs in Mid Day meals schemes across India.]

Business India

Eggs shelved from mid-day meals in MP

The decision has been taken as CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan apparently, does not want to hurt sentiments of the vegetarian Jain community

BS Reporter | Bhopal June 2, 2015 Last Updated at 00:24 IST

Sentiments trump sustenance in Madhya Pradesh, it seems.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has asked officials to not include eggs — a high-protein source — in the anganwadi mid-day meals. The decision was taken as he apparently, did not want to hurt the sentiments of the vegetarian Jain community.

The move to add eggs to the diet was to tackle malnutrition, acute in some rural areas. Sources said the ready-to-eat breakfast for children in the age group of three to six years was for anganwadis run under the integrated child development services.

“There might have been some proposal six months ago, but no school or angawadi has eggs on menu,” said S K Mishra, principal secretary to the chief minister.

“The chief minister had then strictly asked officials to turn down the proposal to add eggs to the menu if such a thing was there. There are other sources of protein, like milk, that we have on the menu of anganwadis.”

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EGG MAPS:

Maps from Right to Food Campaign on the provision of eggs in MDMs and ICDS across India (Credit: Swati Narayan) Click on the maps for larger view