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Lakshadweep: Kerala High Court puts aside challenge to removal of meat from mid-day meals, closure of dairy farms

Updated: September 17, 2021 5:35 pm
The Kerala High Court on Friday dismissed a Public Interest Litigation that challenged the decision of the Lakshadweep administration to close dairy farms and omit meat from the menu of mid-day meals in schools on the Lakshadweep islands.
A Division Bench of Chief Justice S Manikumar and Justice Shaji P Chaly passed the order in a petition filed by a resident of the island, Advocate Ajmal Ahmed against the reforms introduced by the new Administration in the Union Territory.
The Court found merit in the contention of the Senior Central Govt Standing Counsel for Lakshadweep Administration, S Manu that the court cannot interfere in such policy decisions taken by the administration.
The administration had justified the decisions stating that the functioning of dairy farms is resulting in huge loss of about ₹1 crore every year.
About the change in menu of the mid-day meal scheme, it was submitted that the only legal requirement is to ensure the nutritional value stipulated in the rules be maintained and any menu can be adopted by the government provided the nutritional value is met.

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