Bihar tragedy : Mid day meal kills 20 children

Mid day meal has brought death to the children in Bihar, Patna. Nine children have died in Bihar, allegedly as a result of food-poisoning from the free mid-day meal provided at their school near Chhapra in the central part of the state, 60 kms from the state capital Patna. Those who died were all younger than 10.
Hoping that their children would study and eat well in school, the parents were working in fields. But the basic idea of mid day meal has lost its charm leaving everyone in vain.

Another 40 children have been admitted to a local hospital; 10 of them are in critical condition, said sources.
The mid-day meal caused severe food poisoning, said sources. Several hundred people surrounded the local police station this evening demanding action against the school.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has ordered an inquiry and announced compensation of Rs. 2 lakh each to the families of the children who died.
The opposition BJP , which was dumped recently by the chief minister after a 17-year partnership, was quick to politicize the tragedy. "Such incidents did not happen even during Lalu Prasad's government," said BJP leader Giriraj Singh. 

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