TMC protest against linking Aadhaar to mid-day meal

No ID proof needed for KMC school students, says Mayor
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Kolkata
6 Mar 2017

Trinamool Congress (TMC) took out a procession here today protesting against the Centre's 'anti-people policies' and the decision to link Aadhar card to the mid-day meal programme in schools.

TMC's women's wing, led by Chandrima Bhattacharya today took out the rally in central Kolkata demanding immediate withdrawal of the decision. "The decision must be withdrawn immediately. Will children in schools starve because of this anarchic policy of Modi government? There are a lot of students who benefit by the midday meals provided by the schools," Bhattacharya said. Chief minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee had on Saturday slammed the Centre's move as 'shocking'.

Party leader in Rajya Sabha, Derek O'Brien had on Sunday said he will give notice for a discussion on the subject on the first day of the second phase of the Union Budget session which starts on March 9. The Union HRD ministry had said that cook-cum-helpers working under the midday meal scheme as well as the student beneficiaries will be required to have Aadhaar cards to avail the facility. Those who are not yet enrolled for Aadhaar cards have been given time till June 30.

Meanwhile, city Mayor Sovan Chatterjee today said children studying in schools run by the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will not require any identity proof to get mid-day meal. The Mayor's announcement followed the central government's directive making Aadhaar cards mandatory for availing the midday meal scheme. "Mid-day meal will not stop, we will not let it stop," Chatterjee said.