Kitchen Garden will be made in every government school of Uttar Pradesh

Government of different states are seriously taking steps to up the level of government schools. For example, Bhopal government is to organise free coaching classes for students so that students could take help of not expensive classes. Also, the Delhi government collaborated with Super 30 founder Anand Kumar to provide online classes for class XI and XII IIT-JEE aspirants.

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Children studying in government schools of Uttar Pradesh will grow. They will eat fruits and vegetables for the mid-day meal which they will grow in their garden. The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has given this directive by issuing notices to all government schools in Uttar Pradesh. The ministry has named the scheme 'Kitchen Garden'. Students up to eighth grade will participate in it.

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) will provide Rs.5000 per year so that children up to Class VIII can set up their own kitchen gardens.

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An education department official said - “When children will work hard to grow vegetables and are asked to eat it, the vegetable will taste different to them for the simple reason that they would already have had developed a connect.”

It also encourages children for agriculture by growing plants, vegetables and fruits. According to the ministry's instructions, schools that do not have enough land to grow plants, they can build a roof garden and use pots, containers, bags and other techniques to cultivate the crop. The school staff and teachers will help the children to cook the food.

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Shailendra Rajan, Director of Central Institute for Subtropical Horticulture (CISH) was quoted saying,“Besides improving the nutritive value of mid-day meal, it will also make children aware of seasonal vegetables. The activity may also bring a change in the food habits of the families of these children.”

The reason behind starting this scheme is to boost the nutritional value in the mid-day meal.  Also, children will be encouraged to grow plants, vegetables and fruits by doing so.

by Mamatha Reddy | Fri, Aug 09 - 05:14 PM

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