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Fate of children dependent on mid-day meal during Covid-19: A commendable decision by Patna HC

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Covid-19 has affected everyone, irrespective of rich or poor, but what about the children whose only source of food was mid-day meal provided in government schools? Patna HC (click) took suo moto cognizance of a news item titled, “School shut, no mid-day meal, children in Bihar village back to work selling scrap” published in the Indian Express. The news article highlighted the issue of public importance and draws concern towards the welfare of children hailing from the lower most strata of the society; the marginalized, downtrodden, socially and economically deprived section of the society. The secondary issue that drew attention was that with the closing down of schools, what measures can be adopted to prevent school children from indulging in begging and garbage collection.

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