A post on social media is being viral claiming that a Government school of Uttar Pradesh’s Jalaun district is serving Paneer Curry, Puri, Apple, Milkshake, Ice cream, and Rasgulla to its students for lunch as a part of the daily mid-day meals which is served daily in primary level schools.
Echoing the claim, BJP leader Arun Yadav shared a tweet and said, “Mid-Day Meal of Government School of Uttar Pradesh ❤. Had this happened in any school in Delhi, headlines would have been made in international newspapers.”
The Archive link to his tweet can be found here.
Another social media user, who works for right wing news channel Sudarshan TV lays similar claim. In his tweet he said in hindi, “This is the mid-day meal given to poor children in government schools in Uttar Pradesh ❤️. Even the gourmand like me got watering mouth after seeing the meal.”
The link to his tweet can be found here.
We found a similar claim on Facebook also. The link to the FB post can be found here.
After noticing the viral claim across social media, we launched our investigation to find out the authenticity of the claims. A simple keyword search in Google redirected us to a ground report by Dainik Bhaskar.
In the article, Dainik Bhaskar published a conversation with Village Sarpanch (Head) Amit pertaining to the viral claim. According to the article, the Sarpanch said, “From month to month such events for children are organized 2 or 3 times in a month. Under this, if a person wants to share his happiness with the children, then he/she can give food to the students of the school. To do this, people have to contact the head of the village online. After that other things are also added to the food that the children get daily. This gives delicious food to the children.”
Decoding Sarpanch’s statement, it is clear that the school or the government has no role in serving the palatable plates to students. The food is served on the charity account and anyone can contribute to the school’s menu.
Amit further said, “Then we have started this (charity) system from July through which the added food was served on August 30”. “Students get the same food every day, which has been fixed by the government,” he added.
Dainik Bhaskar has also given the menu card of the school mentioning the food items being served day-wise.
|Monday||Roti, Dal, vegetables, and fruit|
|Wednesday||Tahri and milk|
|Thursday||Roti and Dal|
|Saturday||Rice and soybean vegetable|
The school did serve the meal as claimed but it was just for one day. The added food was served through charity services and government or school administration has nothing to do with the food served on August 30. Hence the viral claim is misleading.