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Akshaya Patra Foundation is likely to offer Midday meals to 35,000 school children in Telangana

BTMU has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the foundation to fund the construction of a full-fledged kitchen to help cook the mid-day meals

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Akshaya Patra Foundation in Karnataka. Image source: akshayapatra-ngo-india.blogspot.com
  • With the MoU in place, the NGO has come to a step closer to achieve its 2020 mission of feeding five million children
  • The kitchen is expected to be completed by the next academic year i.e. from 2017-18 session
  • Akshaya Patra foundation had recently been awarded the prestigious Nikkei Asia Prize by Japan

Bengaluru-based Akshaya Patra foundation would soon be serving midday meals to around 35,000 children of Ranga Reddy district of Hyderabad, Telangana.

The move came after the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. (BTMU), an entity of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) agreed to pledge Rs 105.1 million to fund the construction of a new kitchen.

BTMU has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the foundation to fund the construction of full-fledged kitchen to help cook the midday meals.

The kitchen is expected to be completed by the next academic year (2017-18), and will be able to feed 35,000 children in government-aided schools and Anganwadis (courtyard shelters.

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Apart from funding, BTMU will also help to deliver and distribute the meals to the schools.

Ryoichi Shinke, Regional Executive of BTMU India said, “It is our privilege to partner with the Akshaya Patra Foundation to work towards eradicating hunger among school children, many of whom rely on these midday meals to sustain them for the whole day. This is part of our commitment to the community to nurture the next generation. With proper nutrition, we hope the children will be able to enjoy a more conducive learning environment and not having to cope with hunger during school time,” quoted Times of India.

The foundation, which works to ensure that hot steaming food is served to over 1.5 million schoolchildren across the country, aims to offer midday meals to five million children by 2020.

Children having lunch as part of midday meal scheme. Image Source: The Indian Express
Children having lunch as part of midday meal scheme. Image Source: The Indian Express

With the MoU in place, the NGO has come to a step closer to achieve its 2020 mission.

Speaking to TOI, Satya Gaura Chandra Dasa, President, Akshaya Patra, Telangana, said, “We are pleased to partner with MUFG in constructing this kitchen in Telangana. Such partnerships enable us to continue our work through our initiative to end classroom hunger.”

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Akshaya Patra foundation had recently been awarded the prestigious Nikkei Asia Prize by Japan, for outstanding achievements that contribute to the region’s sustainable development and the creation of a better future for Asia, said a TOI report.

Notably, Akshaya Patra is serving its second billionth meal this year. It reaches out to 1,436,596 children based in 24 locations across 10 states.

Helmed by former IITian Madhu Pandit Dasa, its state-of-art kitchens are also a subject of study and have continuously attracted tourists and visitors from around the world.

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  • AJ Krish

    It would be really great if the MNCs in India too contribute to such noble initiatives.

  • Aparna Gupta

    It is a great initiative by Akshaya Patra Foundation to provide mid day meal to 35000 student in Anganwadis and schools.

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Telangana Becomes First Indian State to Enable Commercial Drone Deliveries

"The Telangana Drone City will provide one-of-its-kind facilities to support the research, manufacturing, and operations of RPAS technology suites," said Jayesh Ranjan

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"The Telangana Drone City will provide one-of-its-kind facilities to support the research, manufacturing, and operations of RPAS technology suites," said Jayesh Ranjan. Wikimedia Commons

Telangana has sought the civil aviation regulator’s certification for Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS) drone operations to become the first Indian state to enable commercial drone deliveries, an official said on Thursday.

The state government, along with private drone industry players Terra Drone India, Zipline, and Marut Drones, have submitted a proposal to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

According to the state Information Technology, Electronics & Communications Department, Telangana wants to achieve the status of ‘BVLOS Compliant’ geography, becoming the first Indian state to support commercial drone deliveries.

Principal Secretary, Industries, Commerce, and ITE&C, Jayesh Ranjan believes that BVLOS operations, if conducted within a regulated framework of safety in consultation with law enforcement agencies, will be crucial to tap into the true potential of drone technologies.

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“The induction of these technologies into mainstream administration and governance delivery can make a remarkable positive impact on the lives of millions of citizens,” he said. VOA

“The induction of these technologies into mainstream administration and governance delivery can make a remarkable positive impact on the lives of millions of citizens,” he said.

BVLOS flights will be able to bridge the urban and rural technological divide. The widespread adoption of BVLOS drone operations is also expected to revolutionize industries like oil and gas, utilities, and insurance with highly geo-accurate aerial data.

Medical product delivery company Zipline, in partnership with the state government, plans to use BVLOS drone flights for emergencies like delivery of blood and critical medicines to remote primary healthcare centres. The initiative will be first-of-its-kind in India, as well as in the Asia Pacific region.

The ITE&C Department has facilitated several pilot projects for drones in the past, including the use of drones for precision agriculture, agricultural spraying, volumetric analysis of mines, and flood modeling.

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The widespread adoption of BVLOS drone operations is also expected to revolutionize industries like oil and gas, utilities, and insurance with highly geo-accurate aerial data. Wikimedia Commons

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The department is also in the final stages of conceptualizing a ‘Telangana Drone City’, wherein an entire ecosystem will be developed only for the support of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) technologies. “The Telangana Drone City will provide one-of-its-kind facilities to support the research, manufacturing, and operations of RPAS technology suites,” said Jayesh Ranjan.

“The Government of Telangana has a leader-board position in the promotion of Fifth Generation technologies. The vision of Jayesh Ranjan is to ensure that India and the region do not lose out on the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This has resulted in a slew of comprehensive policy and industry support initiatives like the one being undertaken for BVLOS projects,” said Wing Cdr Polu Sreedhar, COO, Terra Drone India. (IANS)