Tamil Nadu is set to become the first state in the country to offer breakfast in government schools, along with the mid-day meal.

Chief Minister MK Stalin on Saturday marked the completion of his first year in power with the announcement of five schemes, including a breakfast scheme for students studying in Classes 1 to 5 in the state.

The special nutritional scheme is based on a public health study by the government on the alarming trends of malnourished children in the state.

“There was a government study that showed that many

children who start early were skipping breakfast. They mostly miss breakfast not only for the distance they have to travel but also for the misery and difficulties at home. So we are launching this, for students upto Class 5, in a selected number of schools – in corporations, municipalities and rural areas – before making it a statewide scheme,” Stalin said on Saturday.

Similarly, referring to studies of unhealthy, underweight children in the state, Stalin said the nutritional scheme being announced by the government is to “ensure that all children in Tamil Nadu are not malnourished.”
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