Mid-day meal scheme is the school meal programme organised by the Government of India designed to improve the nutritional status of the children. The mid-day meal supplies free lunches to the children.

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday stated that the mid-day meal schemes for the children should not be commercialized if properly implemented.

“Mid- day meal schemes, if properly implemented, is good, but commercializing it does not serve the purpose,” said a division bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice Mahesh Sonak.

According to Times of India Report, on Wednesday, court was hearing a public interest litigation filed by Sandeep Ahire seeking action against women and child development minister Pankaja Munde and probe into chikki scam. The petition filed by Ahire alleged supply of sub-standard chikkis – contaminated with clay and mud particles – to schools run by the state government.

The lawyer for the contractors urged the court to order the state to refund the deposit money as tests had not shown that the chikki was of sub-standard quality.

The high court bench said that it would consider the plea of the contractors at a later stage and adjourned the case for further hearing in the month of January 2017.