Several schools in Madhya Pradesh, including a school in Chachoda, Guna, which remains adamant have miserably failed to comply with Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission guidelines for proper midday meals for students. It is reported that students were forced to fetch water and wash utensils after their meal. In November, a recommendation was made after it was reported that due to lack of plates and other utensils, school children were served food on bare ground.
Based on numerous such expositions, the recommendations given by the MPHRC in November involve immediately setting guidelines to provide ample cooking space, proper place to dine, sufficient number of plates, drinking water facilities and to assign workers to clean utensils.
The Hindustan times reported that at Rozra Chakkar Government Primary School, there are only 12 plates for 47 students, compelling 3 to 4 students to eat meals from one plate. A school in Guna also has no lavatory or drinking water facilities for the students, and is in a broken down state. Two students from class 5 of a government primary school in Chhatarpur were found preparing the mid-day meal as directed by the school last September.
Also unfortunately, one student of class 3 in Damoh drowned in a well, when he went out to fetch water after the mid-day meal.
According to a recent survey conducted by Child Rights and You, it was brought to notice that 27 per cent of schools across Madhya Pradesh are serving inappropriately cooked mid-day meals and did not even have a delegated cooking space. Most of the schools do not have proper drinking and toilet facilities, while few of them had no toilets at all, while 49 per cent of these schools keep their toilets unused and in unhygienic conditions.