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In India There Is Such a Thing as a Free Lunch

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Published on Jul 2, 2010

India's Free Lunch (2008): How India's policy of providing school pupils with a free lunch is setting an example to the world. Subscribe to journeyman for daily uploads:
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Since 2001 all Indian primary schools have provided pupils with a free midday meal. Seven years on truancy rates have been slashed, and child health is soaring. Western governments are taking note.

“"Compared to ours, today’s generation is better off,"” explains a cook at one school we visited. Vijay Bhaskar agrees, he is the food administrator in Karnataka, and reveals, “the number of children out of school has reduced from 1 million to 70,000.” The scheme has also seen off the junk food industry; as Bhaskar comments, "“any person who has seen children eating a hot meal knows that no cookie can substitute.”"

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