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Drèze: Providing eggs 6 days a week in public schools and Anganwadi centers | Ranchi News

RANCHI: Renowned economist and social activist Jean Drèze wrote a letter to state Finance Minister Rameshwar Oraon seeking government approval to include eggs in midday meals (MDM) in public schools and anganwadi centers six days a week.
The students received eggs twice a week.
In his letter, Drèze pointed out that the children of Jharkhand are among the most undernourished in the world. He also pointed to the extremely low attendance rates in public schools in the state.
“The government can address both malnutrition and low attendance issues by including eggs in the MDM. We can learn from the government of Odisha who provided eggs to MDM, an exemplary initiative, to improve children’s health and school attendance,” said Drèze.
When asked why the letter was addressed to the Ministry of Finance and not the Ministry of Education or Health, Drèze replied: “I will speak to anyone who is willing to listen to the problem and take responsibility. to ensure that the problem in question is resolved”.
The economist added that he plans to meet with the finance minister soon to discuss the matter further.
Earlier in 2019, the BJP government reduced the number of eggs donated to children in MDM from three to two, citing inflation as the reason. This decision drew criticism from ‘right to food’ activists.
Based on data provided by the National Family Health Survey-4, every second a child under the age of five in the state is underdeveloped (45%) and underweight (47 %), while one in three children under the age of five is affected by “wasting” (29%).