Lakshadweep to continue meat products in school mid-day meal after SC order

The Union Territory (UT) administration of Lakshadweep has directed the school authorities to comply with a recent Supreme Court order, lifting the ban on chicken and other meat products from their mid-day meals.

The Directorate of Education on Friday issued an order asking the “school principals of all islands and Headmaster Bitra” to comply with the top court order dated 02 May.

The apex court directs the administration to continue serving the same food to the children as done in the past, PTI reported.

“Food, including meat, chicken, fish and egg, and other items, prepared and served to the school-going children of Lakshadweep, as done in the past, should be continued until further orders. To make it clear, the earlier system should continue,” reads the order.

The islanders have been protesting a slew of new policies pitched by the new administration that align with Hindutva politics.

While hearing a plea challenging the decision of the Lakshadweep administration to close dairy farms and remove meat products from the menu of midday meals for school children, the SC directed the continuation of a recent Kerala High Court order directing the authorities to include meat products, including chicken, in the menu.