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Mid-day meal tragedy: Can't get children back but will help their village: Nitish Kumar

Patna, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 24 July 2013, 10:15 PM

As the Bihar police arrested Meena Devi, absconding principal of Dharmasati Gandaman Primary School in Chhapra, in connection with the mid-day meal tragedy, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday held a press conference. 23 children had died after eating mid-day meal in the school.

Here are the highlights of Nitish’s press Conference:

  • Principal is arrested, police will investigate the matter from all angles. It doesn't seem to be a normal case of carelessness
  • More people will have to be employed including cooks. Security measures will have to be spruced up
  • Cops will find why the children were served mad food even after they protested
  • The police is questioning the principal of the Chhapra school. We will probe every aspect of the incident.
  • Who can be enemies with children? Can’t understand this
  • I was in touch with officials after the mid-day meal tragedy
  • I do not want to stoop low and politicise the incident
  • I was unwell that is why I could not go to the hospital
  • Need Centre's help on mid-day meal scheme
  • We will open a high school in Saran village
  • People of Saran village are very poor and we will introduce developmental schemes for the villagers
  • We can't get the children back. But we will do whatever possible for the development of the village.
  • We will open a high school and a medical facility in Saran village (where midday meal incident happened)
  • Principal of Chhapra school, Mina Kumari, in police custody
  • Midday meal tragedy was not a mere mistake. It is a matter of investigation
  • I accept there needs to be an improvement in providing health services
  • We have made improvements but it is work in progress
  • Health services have scope of improvement and will certainly be made better
First Published: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 05:44 PM
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