In the land of sops,the latest is mango milkshake. The Tamil Nadu government is considering a plan to provide mango milkshake to mid-day meal centres,with the state milk cooperative,Aavin,directed to examine the proposal.
However,unlike the hugely popular mid-day meal scheme implemented at thousands of government schools across the state which helped arrest student dropout rate besides addressing the issue of malnutrition among poor children,this proposal is mainly to help the mango farmers of Krishnagiri district who have been hit hard by the unrest in one of the main markets for processed pulp,the Middle East.
To help the horticulture farmers of Krishnagiri,Aavin will examine purchasing of the excess mangoes and processing it as mango milkshake for supply to mid-day meal centres, said CM J Jayalalithaa Monday.
She also announced a list of projects and proposals including creation,upgradation and repair of roads; a training unit for the workers in the thousands of fireworks manufacturing units in the hub,Sivakasi,and upgradation of burns ward in the Government Hospital there; high-speed boats for Coastal Police wing for search and rescue operations,and hiring helicopters on a need basis to aid such operations; and reducing the age limit for pensions for differently-abled to 18 from 45.