Women and child development minister Pankaja Munde, who was in the dock over allegations of irregularities in the purchase of chikki for students from the tribal community, on Wednesday said the referral laboratory at Ghaziabad and reports of 12 other laboratories prove the chikki provided across the state was not substandard.
Responding to a debate in the legislative council on the distribution of chikki to students in Ahmednagar, Nandurbar, Jalgaon and Amravati, Munde said no complaints were received from the 20 districts where the chikki was distributed. She said the distribution was stopped soon after the government received a complaint.
The minister stressed the decision to incorporate M/s Suryakanta, a women self-help group, on the suppliers’ list was taken by the previous Congress-NCP government in 2012-13.
Munde was targeted by the Opposition for giving a purchase order worth Rs5 crore to procure ayurvedic biscuits from a firm, whose license has expired long ago.
Opposition leader Dhananjay Munde claimed the joint director of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in a letter dated December 2015, had stated the licence of the company had been cancelled after it failed to get it renewed. The minister said the FSSAI had renewed the licence of the company for five years. Chairman Ramraj Naik Nimbalkar asked both of them to submit relevant documents.