Vrindavan: PM Modi serves 3 billionth meal to underprivileged schoolkids
(Sourced from PTI)
PM Narendra Modi served the 3 billionth meal to underprivileged schoolchildren in Vrindavan today. He praised the efforts of NGO Akshaya Patra Foundation, who organized the meal, towards eradicating hunger from the country and said he's honored to serve the children. The PM also unveiled the ceremonial plaque to mark the serving of "3rd billionth meal" by the foundation at Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir campus.
Had the honour of serving food to children in Vrindavan today. pic.twitter.com/Fs7esScQZA— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 11, 2019
Funded by International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), Akshaya Patra is a not-for-profit organization that works with the government on the mid-day meal scheme. The scheme plans to boost admission, attendance, and retention in schools and improve the health profile of children of the 6-14 years age group. The foundation has a state-of-the-art kitchen in Vrindavan near which Modi served food to 20 children.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, HRD minister Prakash Javadekar, BJP's Mathura MP Hema Malini were also present at the event. "Arrangements have been made for over 10,500 people, including parents, teachers of schoolchildren, our donors and other well-wishers of the foundation, and enclosures have been made for them," Naveena Neerada Dasa, the head of strategic communications in ISKCON, said.
The prime minister and the UP chief minister addressed the gathering post meal session. Modi also paid floral tribute at the Vigraha of Srila Prabhupad, the Acharya of ISCKON. This is PM Modi's "first visit to the Chadrodaya Mandir campus", said Dasa.