New Delhi, March 21 -- With schools shut due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) scare, the Union Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry has asked all states to ensure that eligible students either get their meals or a commensurate food security allowance as building immunity through proper diet is an important element in the fight against the disease.

In a letter to all state governments, R C Meena, Joint Secretary in the HRD ministry, has said that students in schools, training centres and madrasas are provided one hot cooked meal under the scheme everyday.

However, under extraordinary circumstances, when schools have closed down due to the Covid-19 threat, the central government has decided to continue meeting the nutritional requirements...