Kushinagar. People across the country are ready to celebrate Diwali, but the faces of the cooks who prepare mid-day meals for children in primary schools of UP are extinguished. There is no one to take care of whether the food is being prepared at the house of the cook who feeds the children hot food in the primary school. The cooks are upset due to non-payment of honorarium for the last 8 months. She is worried that how will her house be illuminated on Diwali now? How will their children get Diwali sweets? There are a total of 2464 schools, including junior and primary, in Kushinagar, UP, in which 7877 female and male cooks are posted.
With the opening of the school, the cooks are busy in feeding hot food to the children. There is no one in the government, administration and public representatives to inquire about whether food is being prepared in the house of the cook who feeds the children in primary schools. The cook has not received honorarium since last March for working on only 1500 hundred rupees every month, due to which they are upset.
The cook says that due to non-payment of honorarium, he is facing a lot of problems. In the coming days there is a festival of Diwali and Chhath, but they do not understand how their festival will be celebrated? The cooks posted in all the primary schools of Kushinagar, including Suganti Devi, Visravati Devi and Shankar Prasad, say that the government is taking care of everyone, but has forgotten us. If the government gives our due honorarium, then we will also celebrate our festival.