The State Government of Karnataka has been directed by the High Court of Karnataka to appropriately help the students avail the benefits of the Mid-Day Meal Scheme which they were denied due to the Coronavirus pandemic, from May 31st. the Government has been asked to relay the information about in what ways and in how much time they will compensate each and every student entitled to the scheme.
This came in after the K’taka Govt. agreed that after 31st May, of this year they could not implement the same. The provisions that were not implemented were:
Section 5, Sub S.(1) (b) of the National Food Security Act, 2013, r/w Mid-day meals Rules, 2015.
The decision was passed by a division bench of Hon’ble Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Hon’ble Justice Arvind Kumar. The Secretary of the Department responsible for accountable implementation of the said provisions has been asked to file an affidavit. The affidavit has to be filed by November 17.
“As Anganwadis have not started functioning, the Secretary will state in what manner the strict implementation of the provisions will be made and it will be ensured that everyone who is entitled to receive the food from anganwadis gets it regularly. Even this affidavit shall be filed by 17th November 2020. Advance copies of both the affidavits shall be furnished to the learned counsel appearing for the parties”.