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Improve quality of midday meal, says SCPCR

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Bhopal, July 25, 2013
First Published: 10:25 IST(25/7/2013) | Last Updated: 10:28 IST(25/7/2013)

State Commission for Protection of Child Rights ( SCPCR) directed management of Nandi Foundation on Wednesday to improve the quality of its food being served to school children under midday meal scheme.

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The SCPCR bench heard cases related to midday meal on Wednesday.

After receiving several complaints against meals served in schools, SCPCR decided to organise a hearing exclusively on mid-day meal and summoned officials from municipal bodies, rural development department, school education department and representatives of Nandi Foundation that serves cooked food to schools in Bhopal, Indore and Jabalpur.

“Representatives of panchayats had complained against Nandi Foundation regarding inferior quality of food and meals not served according to menu. Panchayat representatives did not forward the complaint to Bhopal Municipal Corporation, which could have immediately taken action against Nandi foundation,” said chairperson of SCPCR, Usha Chaturvedi.

Representatives have been instructed to send the copies to BMC as well, so that they take appropriate action in the case, said Chaturvedi.

BMC needs to be informed because the agreement of contract is between the corporation and Nandi Foundation.

Commission has instructed Nandi Foundation to provide quality food to school students.

Chaturvedi directed municipal officers, district education officers and local managers of Nandi Foundation of Bhopal, Jabalpur and Indore to provide meal to children as per prescribed menu.

She said the commission cannot change the menu but if concerning people move an application then the commission can recommend to the government to serve other tasty meals to children instead of roti twice a week.

Member of SCPCR, Vihanshu Joshi said the panel’s efforts were directed towards bringing all departments related with the midday meal scheme together to end the blame game. Eight cases related to mid- day meal were taken up for hearing.

Commission members Vijaya Shukla, RH Lata, Reena Gujral and Vibhanshu Joshi were present in the hearing.

The commission also took serious note of the incident regarding a lizard found in mid-day meal in Seoni district and sought factual information about it from officers of janpad panchayat and district programme officer of women and child development department who were present during the hearing.

On receipt of a similar complaint, the commission directed officers of Shajapur to improve arrangements by August and those of Vidisha within three days.

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