Assam govt to provide mid-day meals to 40 lakh students at home during 21-day nationwide lockdown


GUWAHATI | March 26, 2020:

The Assam government on Wednesday announced that 40 lakh students in Guwahati will be provided mid-day meals at home during the 21-day nationwide lockdown against the novel coronavirus.

Students below 14 years of age will get the benefit of mid-day meals.

Chief Secretary of Assam Kumar Sanjay Krishna said "We have ensured that the students do not go to sleep hungry and for that, the state government has decided that to provide mid-day meals to students at home."

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that anybody found violating quarantine orders will be dealt strictly and stern action will be taken by the government against those who will not follow the lockdown directions.

The chief minister also said that, there is no need to panic as the state has sufficient rice for next three months and there is no difficulty for the people in the state for getting essential commodities.