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Primary school students of Haibowal Kalan served stale dal

Deepa Sharma Sood, Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, February 08, 2013
First Published: 21:31 IST(8/2/2013) | Last Updated: 21:32 IST(8/2/2013)

Several students of Government Primary School, Haibowal Kalan, fell sick on Friday after consuming the midday meal.

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When the schoolteachers tasted the meal they found foul smell emanating from the dal served to the students.

The block primary education officer of Mangat 1 was in the school at that time and informed the midday meal incharge about this.

Talking to Hindustan Times, Harminder Kaur, BPEO, Mangat 1 said, “I have informed the incharge of midday meal and the contractor. They said from the next time they will send quality food to the school.”

Tarsem Singh Banga, incharge midday meal, Ludhiana, said, “We have asked the school teachers to taste the food before signing the register of the transporter. Moreover, if there is a problem in the food than they must not accept the food from the transporter. The contractor of the midday meal has asked the school heads that if there is a problem in the MDM than they must buy something from the market for the children and the contractor will pay for it.”

Assistant civil surgeon Dr KS Saini, said, “We met the deputy commissioner Rahul Tewari last week in which it was decided that a medical officer must be deputed to check and taste the mid day meal on daily basis at the centralised kitchen.

However, we have 65 medical officers of the civil surgeon office who will visit the centralised kitchen on a daily basis from Monday. Every day one medical officer will visit the kitchen and will inspect the food before sending it to the government schools. The medical officer will taste the food also.”

On Monday Dr Gurmeet Singh, medical officer will visit the centralised kitchen. If any medical officer finds any problem while tasting the food he will inform the civil surgeon office so that a team can be deputed to collect samples of the mid day meal.

A schoolteacher will also check the hygiene levels of the centralised kitchen where the MDM is prepared.

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