Puber Kalam Web Desk: Dalit cook. So about 150 students refused to eat the mid-day meal of the school. A rural primary school in Gujarat’s Morbi district witnessed such an incident.
It may be noted that a Dalit woman joined the school as a new cook from June 16. The Dalit woman’s husband is supervising the cooking.
It is known that the student of that school is expressing reluctance to eat the mid-day meal for being a Dalit. Although a few students ate the mid-day meal in the beginning, later the number gradually increased.
According to sources, as soon as the matter came to light, local high-ranking officials visited the school. In this regard, the cook in charge said, nobody wants to eat from our hands because we are Dalits. There are about 153 students in this school. Among them, 147 belong to OBC communities like Kali, Bharwad, Thakur and Gadhvi. They have stopped eating mid-day meal. But the remaining 6 students of Dalit community are eating.
Gopi Makwana, the cook’s husband, said that some parents said they could not allow their children to eat food cooked by a Dalit woman. He also said that on the first day after the holiday, even though they asked 100 students to cook food, only a few students came to eat, on the other hand, the situation was the same on the second day as well.
However, the head of the village completely denied this and said that the students prefer tiffin brought from home to the mid-day meal. So they are not eating. Even from the beginning the students of this school do not eat mid day meal like that. Religion has nothing to do with this matter.
However, school principal Bindia Ratnotar said this incident is true. However, the parents have been talked to to solve this problem. But the parents are adamant about the decision.
Morbir In-charge District Primary Education Officer (DPEO) Bharat Bidja said in this regard, a meeting was held with the teachers and parents of the District Collector School in this regard.