A dead rat was found in the midday meal that was to be served to 107 students of two local primary schools in Saharanpur on Thursday.
An inquiry has been ordered and the midday meal samples have been seized and sent for investigation after the shocking negligence which could even have proved deadly came to light. Saharanpur’s Basic Shiksha Adhikari (BSA) Vinay Kumar has terminated NGO Sadhan Vikas Samiti’s midday meal contract for the shocking negligence.
The ‘dead rat’ meal was about to be served to the students when Nisha Kumari the in-charge teacher of primary school ‘numaish camp’ suddenly spotted the dead rodent. She raised an alert before dialing the BSA who rushed a local officer Pradeep Kaushik to the school for verification. After Kaushik confirmed that the meal was unfit to be consumed, the BSA accompanied by a health department team arrived there.
The NGO representatives claimed that the rat might have fallen in the meal while it was being brought to school or after but the BSA dismissed the NGO claim. “It appears that the rat was cooked along with the meal and prima facie it appears to be negligence on part of the NGO,” he said while talking to HT on phone. After a couple of hours, the basic education department officials arranged for biscuits for the students.
The midday meal is served daily to 1355 primary, 576 upper primary and 41 schools run by the education department. If one adds 1931 parishad school the total number of students who are served the meal comes to around 2 lakh.
Four NGOs including Sadhan Vikas Samiti, Manav Seva Samiti, Shyam and Ujjawal Samiti serve midday meal to nearly 40000 students. Of these the local NGO arranges meal for around 40000 students.