Vedanta launches 8th Mid-Day Meal Kitchen for Under-Privileged Children in India

Mid-Day Meal Kitchens to benefit 250,000 under-privileged children in about 3,000 schools in Rajasthan, Chattisgarh and Orissa

40,000 school going children of 264 schools of Korba, Chattisgarh, will start receiving hot, hygienic and nutritious mid-day meal as their school open after vacation, which should be this month itself. With the launch of Hi-Tech kitchen at Korba, Vedanta group now has 8 such Hi-Tech centralized Kitchens, providing hot mid-day meal to about 250,000 school going children of about 3,000 rural schools in Rajasthan, Orissa and Chattisgarh.

Vedanta had first set-up these Hi-Tech kitchens in the districts of Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Bhilwara in the State of Rajasthan and now has 6 such hi-tech centralized kitchens in Rajasthan, benefiting 180,000 under-privileged children in 2,400 rural schools. Recently, former Hon'ble President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam inaugurated mid-day meal kitchen at Lanjigarh, Orissa, which will benefit 20,000 under-privileged children of 273 rural schools, and now another hi-tech kitchen at Korba, Chattisgarh, that would benefit 40,000 under-privileged children in 264 schools.

Vedanta has partnered with the State Governments of Rajasthan, Chattisgarh and Orissa for the Mid-Day Meal scheme with the prime objective of improving the health status of children from Class I to VIII in government aided schools, given that 41% of the children in India are under-weight. A study conducted by the World Bank at Chittorgarh assessing the mid-day meal scheme highlighted that enrolment in schools improved by 64% and an increase in the enrolment of girls by 58% alone.

The impact of mid-day meal program has been immense. Besides improving the health of these children, it has also improved the attendance in the school and also the enrolment of students. The uniqueness of mid-day meal program lies in its easy scalability and the like-mindedness of the partners. This public private partnership between the State Government, Naandi Foundation and Vedanta group has come up as a social commitment to provide quality meals on time in the remotest schools. The government brings in the food grains as per the budget allocated per child (this varies from state to state); Naandi Foundation - NGO, is implementing partner and Vedanta group has committed one time capex investment for setting up all these hygienic hi-tech centralized kitchens along with quality control measures on food, delivery and service.

Vedanta group has vision to set-up 20 kitchens in the coming four years and reach out to over 15 lakh under-privileged children.

22 comments:

  1. Very happy to see these Hi tech mid day meal scheme. We should keep on doing like this for the welfare of the children. Hats off to Vedanta.

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  2. Excellent initiatives to bring children to the education forum. Not only takes care of nutrition but also education. This opportunity should be used to take care of their health in terms of vaccinations, health check ups etc. Through this initiative we can assure of a healthy new generation.

    Rajaram

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  3. Through various newspapers messages, we learn that on a/c of Mid-day meal schemes initiated by Vendata, attendance in schools have improved, at chitorgarh Rajasthan area.

    PK Gupta
    HZL CLZS

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  4. Its a very noble initiative. This will not only ensure nutritious food to the rural children at the growing age but will also bring them back to school. Keep up the good work

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  5. Really this nobal task from Vedanta Group which will fruitfull to rural and weaker section of child and will increase of education level and health,It should be regular till attain the position of develop country of India.
    DSChoudhary

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  6. Excellent initiative for health and education for the children in rural areas.Certainly the standard of education and attendance will improve.This type of initiatives is certainly one among the steps in developing INDIA.

    Rajesh Kumar Pattanayak
    VAL-Lanjigarh

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  7. A good initiative. For a better tomorrow, local development is must by industries. Vedanta's effort in this regard is praisable.

    Chitta

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  8. very good initiative by vedanta

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  9. Vedanta's program of ploughing the benefits back into society is a noble task. Affording a decent meal to the underpriviledged children will go in history as a greatest honour to humanity.Children are the future leaders and their health is very important. Continue the good work.

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  10. Prashant S.PathakJune 19, 2010 at 3:44 PM

    We as a Vedantian really feel proud about such a nice achievement & is is really a great intiatives for these under previleged children. In process we are supporting society with noble cause.

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  11. Its all happiness to see so many children getting full bowl meals...which we were all dreaming since our independence. Such initiatives to be further encourage by all especially by every common man and support with whole heart- if possible with a bit of contribution.
    Find the smile on the lil gal. Lets work for some more SMILES.
    M Happy to be associated with VEDANTA.

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  12. very happy to hear this kind of programs from the company which im working for.my heart goes for this.we support these all the way.

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  13. Infact it is a great great noble cause...proud to be a part of this great social organization which pays much attention towards CSR....hope such efforts will remain ever-lasting for a better and developed INDIA in future...!!!!

    Suvanko Biswas
    VAL-Lanjigarh

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  14. Abhijeet TripathyJune 20, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    Hi...Its nice to see the another milestone achieved by our group company...
    At Lanjigarh the Mid Meal Kitchen is ready and will be operational after the vaccations are over...Once the same is commissioned then it will be an added advantage to Vedanta Resources Plc, because other than Zinc sector the Aluminium Sector will also be in the list of providing mid day meal..
    Vedanta Rocks and Bravo...

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  15. indeed this is a good decession.As a result childrens can be brought towards educational forum.vedanta's effort in this regard is praisable.

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  16. Its an Exllent Effort by VEDANTA GROUP to increase the Literacy rate in Rural Areas (children below 14 Years).It will also help to build a Healthy India.

    Its the Bigning, accelerate such programmes to Lead India Ahead...........

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  17. Bringing smile on the face of children is the greatest reward one can achieve, which is being done by our group VEDANTA, Providing nutrious food to children ,who will be future leaders is the greatest initiative when our country suffers from acute poverty and thousands of people die of starvation. Hats off to VEDANTA.

    Rakesh Goswami ,VAL, Lanjigarh.

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  18. I personally feel very proud that I am in Vedanta Group. Vedanta always takes such type of initiative in the rural areas, which not only helps directly to poor people, but also helps indirectly our country. It gives a lesson to us that we should embracing our self such type of steps to help our young generation of the county.

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  19. I personally feel very proud that I am in Vedanta Group. Vedanta always takes such type of initiative in the rural areas, which not only helps directly to poor people, but also helps indirectly our country. It gives a lesson to us that we should embracing our self such type of steps to help our young generation of the county.

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  20. Very Nice.A good initiative. Its a very noble initiative to Develop the Child, future generation and our Nation.-Pawan

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  21. Under privileged children and their parents have one more reason to smile and reason to send Child to school!

    Pioneering Initiatives like this would really benefit in shaping the India's Future!!

    Bravo Vedanta!!!

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  22. It is nice initiatives. and feel proud from iam vedantian. it help to grow downtrodles's or poor children as well develop healthy education them...

    Sanjay khatik, Haridwar

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