Mid-day meals of North Corp schools fail nutrition test
More than four lakh children studying in North Delhi Municipal Corporation schools are being served substandard mid-day meals, leader of the House Mahender Nagpal said on Monday.delhi Updated: Mar 19, 2013 01:23 IST
More than four lakh children studying in North Delhi Municipal Corporation schools are being served substandard mid-day meals, leader of the House Mahender Nagpal said on Monday.
According to details received from the corporation, over 90 per cent of the samples lifted for testing from the kitchens of NGOs serving food in primary schools have failed to meet the minimum standards of protein and overall calorific value.
“Of the 80 samples taken for testing, only seven have met the required standards. However, no action was taken by the authorities,” said Nagpal, who raised the issue in the House meeting. The samples were taken from April 23, 2012 to October 31, 2012. The samples were tested by the Shriram Institute for Industrial Reasearch -- a government-approved institute.
As per required norms, the food served to the students needs to have a minimum of 12 grams of protein and minimum calorific value of 450 gms. However, most of the samples taken for testing failed to meet the required parameters. In most of the cases, the test report observed: “The sample does not meet the requirements laid down for mid-day meals with respect to protein and calorific value.”
Corporation officials played down the report, stating that ‘none of the test results showed that the food was adulterated.’ “We are working towards addressing the issue,” said North Corporation Commissioner, PK Gupta.