Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday made a demand for restarting the mid-day meals in schools when they open in the post-pandemic phase.
Sonia said that the mid-day meal scheme was stopped when schools were shut down due to the Covid pandemic.
Raising the issue during Zero Hour, the Congress leader also said better nutrition should be provided to children as they start returning to schools.
Stating that children were given dry rations during the pandemic and food grains were also provided under the National Food Security Act, she said dry ration is not a substitute for a proper meal.
“But for children, dry ration is no substitute for hot cooked meals,” she said.
The Congress leader said children have been the worst affected due to the pandemic as schools were the first to be shut down and the last to open.
This is the second-time in the ongoing session that Sonia has raised an issue in the Zero Hour. Earlier, she had raised the issue of social media favouring the ruling party and urged the government to prevent its alleged misuse.