Indian teachers refuse to serve lunches after tragedy
PATNA, India (AFP) - Thousands of teachers in eastern India are refusing to serve free school lunches, saying it is not part of their job, after the deaths of 23 pupils from food poisoning, officials said on Friday.
The teachers, who began their protest on Thursday, are angry at being forced to supervise the cooking and say they are blamed for the poor quality of the free meals.
"Mid-day meals could not be served in over 4,600 schools across the state out of a total of 70,000 schools covered by the programme," the Bihar director of the lunch programme R. Lakshamanan said.
"About one million students have been deprived of food due to the boycott."