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You are the Sarpanch of a Panchayat. There is a primary school run by the government in your area. Midday meals are provided to the children attending the school. The Headmaster has now appointed a new cook in the school to prepare the meals. However, when it is found that the cook is from Dalit community, almost half of the children belonging to higher castes are not allowed to take meals by their parents. Consequently the attendance in the school falls sharply. This could result in the possibility of discontinuation of midday meal scheme, thereafter of teaching staff and subsequent closing down the school.
(a) Mention ethical issues of the case and also discuss some feasible strategies to overcome the conflict and to create the right ambience.GS Paper 4 Case Studies
(b) What should be the responsibilities of different social segments and agencies to create positive social ambience for accepting such changes?