Don’t force students to have food from canteen: HC

Don’t force students to have food from canteen: HC

The Madras High Court temporarily restrained a private school in the city from making it mandatory for students to have lunch and snacks provided by the institution after paying the necessary charges.

The court also ordered issuance of notices to Union Human Resource Development Ministry, CBSE and Hiranandani Upscale School in Kancheepuram district on the matter and posted the case for further hearing to September 29.

The order was issued by Justice M Sathyanarayan recently on a petition by Bharathi Rajendran against compelling the students to take lunch or snacks provided by the school by paying charges.

“Going through the materials provided, the court is of the view that the circular issued by the CBSE only mandates the particular institution/school to inspect the lunch box of students to check bringing of unhealthy food, but not compelling the students to take lunch or snacks provided by the school by paying charges,” the judge said.

According to the petitioner, the circular issued by CBSE nowhere contemplates or permits the school to provide lunch and snacks to all the children in the school by charging for such services.

He submitted that the Hiranandani Upscale School has made it compulsory for all the students to have meals or snacks by paying necessary charges.