No Onion-No Garlic stance by Akshaya Patra triggers debate on mid-day meal

Jun 14, 2019, 06:08 AM

For this week’s episode of ‘The Suno India Show,’ we reached out to Dr. Sylvia Karpagam, a public health professional who has extensive experience tackling issues on Right to Health and Right to Food, especially for the marginalised communities. Dr Sylvia talks about the origin & mission of the mid-day meal scheme, centralised and de-centralised kitchens in the schools, the importance of having onion and garlic in the meals and also how the guidelines designed by the Ministry of Human Resource Development has made it clear that the NGOs or the Civil Society Organizations providing the mid-day meal should not use them for the propagation of any religious practice and answers all the questions related to the issue. She also highlighted how the minority is dictating the needs of the majority and the solutions to tackle the issue.

For this week’s episode of ‘The Suno India Show,’ we reached out to Dr. Sylvia Karpagam, a public health professional who has extensive experience tackling issues on Right to Health and Right to Food, especially for the marginalised communities. Dr Sylvia talks about the origin & mission of the mid-day meal scheme, centralised and de-centralised kitchens in the schools, the importance of having onion and garlic in the meals and also how the guidelines designed by the Ministry of Human Resource Development has made it clear that the NGOs or the Civil Society Organizations providing the mid-day meal should not use them for the propagation of any religious practice and answers all the questions related to the issue. She also highlighted how the minority is dictating the needs of the majority and the solutions to tackle the issue.