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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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  • 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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With the deadline for withdrawal of nominations coming to an end on Thursday, all major contenders were finalising their schedules for their star campaigners.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief Chandrababu Naidu, several central ministers and top leaders of the two national parties were set to hit the campaign trail.

Sonia Gandhi will be addressing an election meeting at Medchal on the outskirts here on November 23. The meet was expected to give a headstart to the party’s campaign as it heads a four-party ‘Mahakutami’ or grand alliance ahead of the single phase December 7 polls.

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi will share the stage with his mother on Friday at the meet.

As this is Sonia Gandhi’s first visit to Telangana after the formation of the state, the party leaders were holding it as a thanksgiving event in her honour for carving out the state.

Rahul Gandhi will again visit Telangana on November 28 and 29 and later on December 3 to address a series of rallies in different parts of the state.

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BJP chief Amit Shah, who addressed a couple of public meetings during September and October, plans to visit Telangana for three days soon to address 12 rallies.

Party’s Telangana unit president K. Laxman said Amit Shah will address the meetings on November 25, 27 and 28.

BJP is contesting all 119 seats on its own. Several union ministers are also likely to campaign for the party candidates. Health Minister J.P. Nadda and party general secretary Ram Madhav have already addressed a few meetings.

In his first-ever election in alliance with Congress party, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu is likely to address a few rallies. Party leaders say he may share the dais with Rahul Gandhi.

TDP, a constituent of ‘Mahakutami’ is contesting on 14 seats. Popular actor and TDP MLA N. Balakrishna may also address a few meetings, especially in Kukatpally constituency here, where his niece N. Suhasini is a candidate.

Suhasini is the granddaughter of TDP founder N.T. Rama Rao. Her actor brothers Junior NTR and Kalyan Ram are also likely to campaign for her.

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