PM to serve Akshaya Patra’s 3 billionth meal in Vrindavan on 11th

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Feb 2019 09:49:46




PRIME Minister Narendra Modi will serve food to schoolchildren from underprivileged background in Vrindavan on Monday, marking the “three billionth meal” offered by an NGO that works with the Government on mid-day meal schemes.

Akshaya Patra, which is a Bengaluru-based not-for-profit organisation, said that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar are also likely to join the Prime Minister at the event to be held at its Vrindavan campus.

“Prime Minister Modi will serve food to a few school children underprivileged from background in the facility at Vrindavan where Akshaya Patra’s kitchen is located. A couple of children, who have been beneficiaries of the programme, will also share their experiences,” a spokesperson of the foundation told PTI.

The event will commemorate the NGO’s serving of cumulative three billion meals since its inception in 2000. BJP’s Mathura MP Hema Malini, Ministers of the Uttar Pradesh Government, including Anupma Jaiswal, Minister of State (Independent charge) for Basic Education, Child Development and Nutrition, local MLAs and Mukesh Arya Bandhu, Mayor - Mathura-Vrindavan Nagar Nigam, are also expected to be present on the occasion, the official said. In 2012, Akshaya Patra reached its first major milestone of serving one billion cumulative meals since the inception of the programme in 2000, the NGO claimed.

“By 2016, the organisation had already served cumulative two billion meals. This milestone was commemorated in the presence of Pranab Mukherjee, the then President, on August 27 that year in Bengaluru,” the foundation said.

As the implementing partner of Mid-Day Meal Programme, Akshaya Patra has received support and encouragement of Centre and various State Governments all along its journey.