Free cooked food could not be served in about 5000 government schools in the state due to boycott as a result of which nearly 10 lakh students were deprived of the mid-day meal, sources in state's education department said.

The state government on Saturday held talks with representatives of primary teachers to end the boycott. Though, there was no immediate result, the teachers' representatives said they would hold their meeting on Monday and convey the decision to the government.

Director Primary Education, AK Chaudhary, who conducted talks on behalf of the government, said he told the teachers' representatives that it was not possible to make alternative arrangements for efficient running of such a gigantic programme "overnight", which he said they shared.

Mid-day meal scheme is in operation in 70,000 schools across the state benefitting 1.30 crore children. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had on Friday shared the primary teachers concern that their primary task is teaching but said making alternative arrangements for such a large number of schools would need time.


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