The CPI has demanded that the State government release Rs. 200 crore pending dues to mid-day meal scheme with immediate effect. CPI State secretary K. Narayana accused the government of behaving like a “villain” with its efforts to dilute the scheme aimed at ensuring attendance of students in the schools. Thousands of women and students were dependent on the scheme and priority should be accorded to release of funds to clear the dues and ensure that the scheme was implemented effectively. –Special Correspondent