Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Vrindavan today during which he will serve food to underprivileged schoolchildren. He will also unveil a ceremonial plaque to mark the serving of "3rd billionth meal" by Akshaya Patra Foundation at Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir campus. "The prime minister will serve food to about 20 schoolchildren from an underprivileged background in the campus, marking the three billionth meal offered by Akshaya Patra," Naveena Neerada Dasa, head of strategic communications in ISKCON, said.
Funded by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), Akshaya Patra is a Bengaluru-based not-for-profit organisation that works with the government on mid-day meal schemes. It has a state-of-the-art kitchen in Vrindavan and PM Modi will serve food to children near the facility.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar, BJP's Mathura lawmaker Hema Malini will also join the prime minister at the event.
Here are the HIGHLIGHTS from Vrindavan:
2.02 pm: Had the honour of serving food to children in Vrindavan today, says PM.
Had the honour of serving food to children in Vrindavan today. pic.twitter.com/Fs7esScQZAâ€” Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 11, 2019
01.15 pm:Â Mission Indradhanush is appreciated worldwide. Recently, a famous medical journal placed Mission Indradhanush among the 12 best practices in the world, said PM Modi.
01.13 pm:Â We are on a Mission Vaccination Mode. As many as 3 crore 40 lakh children and 90 million pregnant women in the country have been vaccinated. This is the speed at which we work, says PM.
01.12 pm:Â This time Kumbh Mela has spread the message of sanitation and hygiene. Usually the Naga Aghoris in Kumbha is discussed. This is for the first time that The New York Times has reported about the hygiene at Kumbh, says PM.
01.10 pm:Â The central government has attempted to build a strong security cordon around childhood. There are three aspects to this safety --- proper diet, immunisation and hygiene, says Narendra Modi
01.05 pm:Â Just like a strong foundation is necessary for a building, a healthy and nutritious childhood is necessary for a strong new India, the PM said.
1 pm:Â Our government is ensuring that good quality nutritious food is given to children, says PM Modi
12.55 pm:Â Those who do charity without any favour, at the right time, the right place and to the people who actually need it, it is called Sattvik Daan, says PM Modi in Vrindavan.
12.52 pm: Akshaya Patra Foundation provides free meals to underprivileged children.
12.50 pm:Â PM Modi attends theÂ Third Billionth Meal of Akshaya Patra Mid-day Meal Programme in Vrindavan.
PM Modi attends Third Billionth Meal of Akshaya Patra Mid-day Meal Programme in Vrindavan. https://t.co/RoI6bUMUaJâ€” BJP (@BJP4India) February 11, 2019
12.40 pm:Â Akshaya Patra foundation Chairman-urges Prime Minister NarendraÂ Modi to extend the mid-day meal scheme till 12th standard children all over the country.
12.30 am: PM Modi with Hema Malini.