CHENNAI: Akshaya Patra and the Greater Chennai Corporation on Monday rolled out the Kaalai Unavu scheme under which students in 23 corporation schools will be served free hot ahead of classes every day.
Either or or would be served to the students every day, said a representative of Akshaya Patra, an NGO.
As many as 5,000 students would be covered under the scheme in the next one month, said corporation officials.
Tamil Nadu governor Banwarilal Purohit and minister for fisheries D Jayakumar inaugurated the scheme for 1,000 students studying at Chennai Primary School and Chennai Higher Secondary School in Thiruvanmiyur and Chennai Primary School students in Thiruvanmiyur Kuppam.
“Within the next academic year, we plan to roll out the scheme to 20,000 students studying in several corporation-run schools. Akshaya Patra Foundation will cook and deliver the food at these schools at their own cost. The plan is to bring all corporation school students under this scheme so that they are well fed before their classes,” said Sudama Vipra Dasa of Akshya Patra Foundation.
There are 281 corporation-run schools in Chennai.