Video showing mid-day meal from an Odisha government school was falsely linked with South India.

Claim

See how mid-day meals are being provided in government schools in South India. Only rice and turmeric water.

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Explanation

Tamil Nadu is the first state to introduce the breakfast scheme for government school students. After that, Telangana State implemented the CM breakfast scheme for 1–10 government school students on October 6, 2023, under the K. Chandrasekhar Rao regime.

Meanwhile, a 1-minute, 42-second viral video was widely shared and purported on X (formerly Twitter) with captions that showed how mid-day meals are being provided in government schools in South India and added only rice and turmeric water. This viral video was viewed by 14.6k.

Similar viral videos were widely shared by right-wing supporters, as can be seen here, here, here, and here.

What is the Truth?

We ran a reverse search using the keyframes of the viral video and found the original video posted on Bigul TV YouTube on February 1, 2024 with a sarcastic caption, “Mid-day meal is like no one ever ate such pulses in their entire life; even our ancestors never had it. How is it possible under this government?”

In this original video, we can easily hear the man speaking Odia and saying to the servers that he is not here to complain but just want to inform what kind of Dal (pulses) is being served. He is herd saying, “These are not pulses, but water served by you guys. I know you guys are working here with limited resources because you received fewer food items, but I will still go and complain about this to BDO (Block Development Officer).”

So, according to the above-mentioned proofs, we found that this viral video was taken during a midday meal served to some of Odisha’s government school students, not from the South Indian government school. 

Conclusion

The viral video of mid-day meal is from Odisha’s government school, and it has no links from South India, as claimed.

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