There was a Indiblogger meet at Salt Lake, Convention Centre on 20 Feb 2011 from 1200PM onwards which continued beyond 0500Pm. The meet was sponsored by Akshay Patra, a well known NGO engaged in feeding under privileged children in schools at different states of India. This was an opportunity for me to meet the dedicated “Indiblogger.in” boys and girls in person who came from Chennai and Bangalore. They are persons who work for us behind the screen of Indiblogger.in. The meet was a grand success as many Bloggers from Kolkata and West Bengal joined the meet and got introduced ourselves during the meet. There were plenty of activities, discussions, Slide shows and a recorded address of Mr. NR Narayana Murthy, Founder, Chairman of Infosys Technologies, on Akshay Patra.
This Akshay Patra started its journey in the year 2000 by feeding 1,500 school children across 5 schools in Bangalore. Today they feed about 1.3 million underprivileged school children across 18 different locations in 8 states. Their mission is to feed 5 million students by 2020.
A good news that the Akshaya Patra is planning to start their programme in West Bengal by this year. The mid day meal to the underprivileged children in schools of this state will improve the school enrollment and also attendance rates resulting decrease in dropout rates.The student will be free from class room hunger which in turn improve the performance of the students.
We are not aware about the success of the mid day meal programmes in West Bengal run by the Govt. / Govt. Agency. But we are confident that the program will be a successful by Akshaya Patra because it is already running successfully in 8 states (Karnataka, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Chattisgarh and Assam). We must welcome Akshaya Patra to West Bengal and support this noble cause.
Photo Courtesy : Akshayapatra.org