"The decision is being made aimed at ensuring transparency and effectiveness.
"Since the noon meal schemes are given to children studying in schools, what is the need of Aadhaar to ensure transparency and efficiency?", asked Pinarayi Vijayan.
"Providing meals to children is the unavoidable responsibility of the government in today's conditions. And this move will create more technical hurdles in this," he added.
"A total of 10.03 crores out of 13.16 crores pupils in 11.50 schools across India are the beneficiaries of this scheme and they are given meals because they are students. Diluting this scheme will increase the attrition rate of the students" he said.
According to a latest notification from Ministry of Human Recourses Development, both cook-cum-helpers working under the Mid-day meal scheme as well as the student beneficiaries will now be required to have an Aadhaar card to avail the facility with the HRD ministry mandating the same.
(With Inputs from PTI)
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