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    New Delhi (Sputnik): Mid-day Meal Scheme is an Indian school meal programme aimed at providing nutritional food to schoolchildren. However, the scheme has come under scrutiny for serving poor-quality food.

    A dead rat was found in a meal cooked and served to students at a government-run school in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar district. Nine students fell ill and others complained of uneasiness after consuming the rat-infested lentil soup.

    The affected students were rushed to hospital for treatment, while a video of school staff displaying the rat in a bowl of lentil soup is going viral on social media.

    According to media reports, a probe has been launched into the incident and a formal complaint has been registered against the local committee overseeing mid-day meals in the area.

    This comes days after a government school in Uttar Pradesh’s Sonbhadra district was accused of mixing one litre of milk in a bucket of water and serving it to 81 children. A video of the event went viral on social media.

    Earlier, in a similar incident this year from the state, a school in Mirzapur city was found serving salt and bread to children.


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