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Tamil Nadu: Kanimozhi eats food cooked by Dalit at school breakfast scheme

September 13, 2023

DMK Deputy General Secretary Kanimozhi, in a show of support for social equality, recently dined on food prepared by a Scheduled Caste woman as part of a school breakfast program. This action came after some parents had previously discriminated against the cook, objecting to her serving their children, who belonged to a more privileged caste.

During her visit to the Usilampatti Panchayat Union Primary School in Thoothukudi district, Kanimozhi not only enjoyed the meal but also interacted with the cook, Muniaselvi, and commended her. In a powerful gesture against social discrimination, Kanimozhi personally served the breakfast to the school children and shared the meal with them.

This event was prompted by a recent protest by parents who opposed the woman of Scheduled Caste background preparing and serving food to their children under the Chief Minister’s Breakfast scheme, which was launched statewide on August 25. The Usilampatti Panchayat Union Primary School, which had only 11 students, had seen a decline in participation in the free breakfast scheme due to these objections.

Responding to the issue of social discrimination, state Social Welfare Minister P Geetha Jeevan and Vilathikulam legislator G V Markandeyan, accompanied by revenue officials, visited the school to explain the harmful effects of such discrimination to the protesting parents. Kanimozhi’s visit to the school and her shared breakfast with the children served as a powerful statement in favor of social equity.

Kanimozhi shared photos of her visit and meal with the children on social media, expressing her appreciation for Muniaselvi’s dedication to her job in preparing food for the Chief Minister’s Breakfast Scheme.

Source: PTI

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