Akshaya Patra celebrates the serving of its 2 Billionth Meal
Akshaya Patra, one of the leading Non-Profit organizations recently celebrated the occasion of serving its 2 billionth meals. The occasion was graced with the presence of the Honourable President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee who visited the organization to commemorate the milestone of serving 2 billion meals. The event was held on August 27, 2016 at . A number of political figures and top personages of India like Shri Vajubhai Rudabha iVala – Honourable Governor of Karnataka; Shri Siddaramaiah – Honourable Chief Minister of Karnataka; Shri Prakash Javadekar – Honourable Union Minister of Human Resource Development; Dr Murli Manohar Joshi – Member of Parliament, Former Minister of HRD, and Science& Technology, and Mrs Sudha Murty, Chairperson, Infosys Foundation attended the event.
The event commenced with the warm welcome of The Honourable President of India and an invocation prayer by an all-children’s choir. Mr. Mukherjee unveiled the 2 billion meals commemorative art installation also distributed symbolic commemorative treats to school children. He further enlightened the gathering with his noble thoughts.
Addressing the occasion, Honourable President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, stated that the occasion gives everyone an opportunity to appreciate the significance and strength of a fresh and nutritious mid-day meal. He also appreciated the Honourable Chief Minister of Karnataka, Shri Siddaramaiah,for his able leadership that has led to the immense success of the ‘AksharaDasoha’ Scheme (the Mid-Day Meal Programme run by the Government of Karnataka) in the state of Karnataka. He applauded the ‘KsheeraBhagya’ Scheme that has proved to be an innovative tool for incentivising the existing Mid-Day Meal Programme of the Government of Karnataka.
Mr. Mukherjee lauded Akshaya Patra for ably supporting the Government of India, Government of Karnataka and all the other State Governments, in the successful implementation of the Mid-Day Meal Programme. He was also happy to learn about Akshaya Patra’s country-wide presence and wished The Foundation success in its future endeavours. In conclusion, he reiterated the need for greater community participation towards the cause of ‘unlimited food for education.’
Expressing his gratitude and happinees, , Chairman – Akshaya Patra stated that, “It is indeed a great honour to celebrate the milestone in the presence of The Honourable President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee and other distinguished guests. The Government of India, the Karnataka Government and all other State Governments of India have been Akshaya Patra’s greatest pillar of support over the past 16 years. It is with their encouragement that Akshaya Patra aspires to fulfill its mission of feeding, ‘5 million children by 2020’. Akshaya Patra will continue to function as a loyal and diligent implementing arm of the Government’s Mid-Day Meal Programme. On behalf of Akshaya Patra, I also thank all our Honourable Ministers and Trustee members present here, whose support has been pivotal for The Foundation’s success in reaching out to millions of children across India.”
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