Court orders governments to give drought-hit Indian kids free meals over holidays


India’s top court on Friday ordered state governments to provide free meals to schoolchildren even during the summer break as the country reels from the impact of one of the worst droughts on record. Free lunches are offered to some 120 million students throughout India in what is the world’s largest school feeding programme, but not during holidays. However, with some 330 million people—a quarter of the Indian population—suffering from severe drought, households have seen their incomes dip sharply owing to poor harvests. Farmer suicides are high and some have migrated to cities and towns to work as daily wage…

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