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Mid-day meal surprise checks ordered

MLAS OF Bhopal on Wednesday questioned the quality of mid-day meals being served in City schools. They asked authorities that if there were regular complaints why the contract with the NGO providing cooked meals was not being cancelled.

india Updated: Sep 21, 2006 01:25 IST

MLAS OF Bhopal on Wednesday  questioned the quality of mid-day meals being served in City schools. They asked authorities that if there were regular complaints why the contract with the NGO providing cooked meals was not being cancelled.

This and several other issues were raised during the district-level review meeting chaired by he divisional Commissioner K K Singh.

MLA Arif Aqueel, supported by other MLAs Umashankar Gupta and Bhaktapal Singh, said  there were regular complaints about the quality of mid-day meals being served in the City schools. He asked  why the contract with the NGO in question, Nandi Foundation, which is serving mid-day meal to about 300 schools and madarsas of the City was being continued.

Followwing their complaints, K K Singh constituted a committee of officials to conduct surprise inspections and submit report. The BMC officials were already monitoring the quality of the mid-day meals at Nandi Foundation kitchen.

There were also complaints that below poverty line (BPL) families were not being given foodstuff through the Public Distribution System (PDS) shops on their old ration cards. The Commissioner directed  officials that  BPL families should be given foodstuff on the old ration cards until the issuance of new one.

The Commissioner also told the officials of different agencies to repair roads on the complaints of MLAs.
Aqueel also raised the issue of vehicle entry in no-entry zones during the daytime. He said that the tempos should not be run in the busy areas of the City. The MLA also said that the bus stops should be constructed at some distance from squares.

Bhaktapal Singh said that the farmers were not given compensation for land in Berasia area. He informed several farmers of Berasia lost their land which came in the Halali Dam catchment area. He also raised the issue of poor condition of buses being run in some routes of Berasia block.

District Collector S K Mishra assured that the acquisition of land of such farmers would be carried out soon. Mishra also informed that 48 star buses would be run in the City from October 2 on 12 routes. The Commissioner also ordered the RTO to check fitness of buses being run in Berasia block and remove the old ones.


Power bills being used for packing!
According to MLA Bhaktapal Singh , electricity bills in villages of Berasia are being used for packing goods at grocery shops. Singh raised the issue in the review meeting and said  MPSEB employees were not delivering bills at homes.

Instead, they left bills at any shop in villages and the shop owner uses these  for packing goods. On this complaint, the Commissioner told MPSEB officials to deliver bills at every home in the villages. He also told them to organise grievance redressal camps in villages.