MIDDay MEAL1The Supreme Court, on Friday, said that the schoolchildren in drought-hit areas will get mid-day meals throughout summer.

On Monday, the human resource development (HRD) ministry said that it has already approved the holiday meals—served via the government’s midday-meal programme—for 228 districts in nine states.

Reportedly, the states where this will be applied are Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha, HRD minister Smriti Irani said that the programme approval board for the midday-meal scheme has approved a budget of Rs 726 crore for the purpose.