Egg will be provided to all the school children in the state including schools where Akshaya Patra is supplying Mid-day Meals in Odisha.
Akshaya Patra Foundation is supplying vegetarian Mid-day Meal to Government schools in Puri, Cuttack, Rourkela, Nayagarh apart from Bhubaneswar. It is supplying meals to around two lakh children through its Centralized kitchen in Odisha. However some parents of foundation beneficiaries approached repeatedly School & Mass Education department to supply eggs even for their children. Keeping this in mind, School & Mass Education department discussed with Akshaya Patra Foundation to provide eggs in its meals.
Since the Foundation was not ready to provide eggs during supply of MDM instead provide nutritious based vegetarian meals, Government of Odisha has come up with initiative to cook separately eggs in schools by Self-Help Group women and not involve the Foundation.
From Akshaya Patra Foundation, it will continue to supply all its school children hygienically prepared nutritious meals without compromising local taste as earlier provided in their menu.
Source: Samvad Date: December 19, 2018.