UP IAS making kitchen school garden to eradicate malnutrition
Kanpur Dehat: In what can be termed as a healthy experiment in the mid-day meal scheme, Apurva Dubey, a young Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer in Kanpur Dehat district in Uttar Pradesh has started kitchen garden in vacant primary school land growing green vegetables to make students’ mid-day meal healthier.
Worried over ever-increasing drop-out rate in primary schools and unhygienic food served as mid-day meal, Apurva vowed to make schools a happy destination and mid-day meals fresh, delicious and more nutritious.
“It is an attempt to eradicate malnutrition from India and decrease the drop-out rate. We are getting funds from MNREGA for painting the walls and making this initiative more colourful to attract children. Now students have also started showing interest in the project,” Dubey told newztrack.com in a telephonic conversation.
- Apurva is posted as Joint Magistrate in Kanpur Dehat.
- She is a 2012 batch IAS officer of UP cadre.
- She has developed a school kitchen garden in Hasanpur village.
- Coriander, Carrot, Spinach and other vegetables are grown in this garden.
- The school kitchen garden has been made under MNREGA.
What Apurva believes?
- Utilization of empty land in the school premises.
- Students are being provided with fresh and healthier food.
- It will help in decreasing the drop-out rate.
- Students are being provided hygienic food.
- This is being run as a pilot project and may be implemented in more schools.
Officers heaping praises:
- Chief Development Officer R K Singh is heaping praises on her.
- Now more such gardens will be developed.