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Indian schools asked to create vegetable gardens for nutritious meal centres

To help set up vegetable gardens in 10,024 nutritious meal centres across Tamil Nadu, the Department of Elementary Education has called upon students, school management committees and parents, who are farmers, to work with officials from the Department of Agriculture and Horticulture to implement the initiative under the Puratchi Thalaivar MGR Nutritious Meal Programme.

Following an announcement in 2019 by Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami in the Assembly that vegetable gardens would be set up to aid nutritious meal centres across the State, the Department of Social Welfare and Nutritious Meal Programme released a government order detailing the initiative.

Each centre providing children with noon meals will be given ₹5,000 [70 USD] to help start the vegetable gardens and the produce will be used in the preparation of meals. The objective is to ensure students have nutritionally rich food.

Read more at The Hindu (S. Poorvaja)

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