Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis Supports Mumbai's Dabbawalas as some South Mumbai schools ban them

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis and state education minister Vinod Tawde had given relief to dabbawalas by telling the schools to lift the ban


The State Government had given a go-ahead to Mumbai's dabbawalas to provide food to Mumbai's schools. However, some parents and school authorities had banned it citing various reasons. The most prominent reason was security issues at schools, especially in a girls' convent school. Other reasons were that the food could be spiked enroute which could be harmful to kids.  

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Some schools which have Gujarati and Marwadi majority cited that the food could be cooked at the same place where non-veg is also cooked or small kids could share their food with their friends. School authorities denied the entry of dabbawalas stating that they have their canteen which provides nutritive food and in some schools, children leave in the afternoon so they can directly go home and have their lunch.

The dabbawalas had however raised their concern and said that school authorities are doing it deliberately to push children to eat from the school canteen as even they get a share of the profits. These schools primarily included convent schools in South Mumbai. Amidst this, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and State Education Minister Vinod Tawde have stepped in and ordered the school authorities to facilitate dabbawala services.

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