New Delhi: Children at government schools will no longer get their free midday meals unless they enroll for an Aadhaar number, the Ministry of Human Resource Development has said in a new notification, where in it says that Aadhar identity is mandatory for schoolchildren as well as for the cook-cum-helpers who serve them.
The notification says under Section 7 of the Aadhaar Act, 2016, children, as well as cook-cum-helpers, who do not have an Aadhaar number will have to apply for Aadhaar enrollment by June 30. Further, to getting mid-day meals in the school, the students are to mandatorily produce all of the following;
- Proof of having enrolled in the form of an enrolment ID slip, or a request made for enrolment in the form of an “Aadhaar letter” (a document conveying Aadhaar number to the resident)
- An undertaking by the parent or legal guardian stating that the child is not availing of the hot cooked meal from any other school
The documents will be verified by an officer specially designated by the department in states. The notification also states that under the Aadhaar (Enrolment and Update) Regulations, notified in September 2016, concerned departments of state governments will be required to provide Aadhaar enrollment facilities.