Print edition : August 23, 2013

Schoolchildren who took ill after having a midday meal at Dharmasati Gandaman Primary School in Saran district of Bihar recuperating in the Patna Medical College and Hospital on July 18. Twenty-three children died in the tragedy that occurred two days earlier. Photo: AFP

Cooking a midday meal in an unhygienic environment at Midthur in Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh. A file picture. Photo: U. SUBRAMANYAM

The midday meal poisoning in Bihar has prompted the government to initiate superficial measures, but important steps like appointing regular coordinators to maintain accounts and supervise the system have been ignored.
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