DR. N. C. SAXENA
COMMISSIONER OF THE SUPREME COURT
IN THE CASE: PUCL Vs UOI & ORS. WRIT PETITION (Civil) NO. 196 of 2001
16 March 2005
Shri. K. A. H. Subramanian,
Government of Bihar,
Patna – 800 015.
Sub: Violation of Supreme Court orders in implementation of mid day meal scheme
Dear Shri. K. A. H. Subramanian,
This is further to my letter number SCorderviolation/282/bih dated 7 March 2005 on the poor
implementation of the mid day meal scheme in East Champaran and Supaul districts. I have
received a further report on the status of implementation of the mid day meal scheme (MDMS
hereafter) in your state. A copy of the report along with a table of the schools covered is
attached herewith for your perusal.
The current report is based on a survey of 51 schools spread over 13 districts in the State. Of
the 51 surveyed schools the MDMS was found to be operational only in 3 schools in
Sitamarhi district, where the mid day meal was provided for 15 days in the month of January
2005. In the 48 remaining schools, some have received cash payment for utensils while others
have received grain from the block office. However implementation of the MDMS has not
started in any of these schools.
It may be noted that the Hon’ble Supreme Court in its order dated 17 October 2004 has
explicitly stated that every child eligible for the MDMS must receive the said meal
immediately and that the scheme must be fully implemented no later than 1 January 2005. The
current report is thus a matter of serious concern. I urge you to undertake urgent steps to
ensure the implementation of the scheme in your entire state and request an action taken report
at the earliest.
Dr. N. C. Saxena
Enclosures: MDMS survey by Mr. Pushpendra Kumar Singh
CC: Sh. Shishir Sinha, Nodal officer to Commissioner; Sh. A. B. Prasad, Assistant to
Commissioner; Mr. Pushpendra Kumar Singh, Advisor to Commissioner
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