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Insects, worms found in mid-day meal kitchen

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Amritsar, July 18, 2013
First Published: 18:21 IST(18/7/2013) | Last Updated: 21:49 IST(18/7/2013)

Even after death of 22 children in a Bihar school after consuming contaminated food, there seems no lessons learnt as BJP leader after conducting raid exposed the unhygienic conditions and insects running on wheat and water used for preparing mid day meals.

BJP State General Secretary Tarun Chugh along with leaders BJP workers started conducting surprise raids in few schools of the Central constituency and was shocked to see the quality and conditions in which food is served.

Out of four schools checked, the conditions were worse at the Government girl’s school on the Chabhal Road.The water was totally unhygienic and algae and insects were seen on it.

The store where food material was kept was in a pathetic shape. Not only insects and worms were running in the wheat but also the pulses were unbranded and scattering all over the floor.Unhappy with the conditions, the BJP leaders slammed the staff responsible for this.

Talking to the mediapersons, Tarun Chugh said, “We checked four schools and the level of cleanliness was poor in all four. Motive was to check the conditions and material with which the mid day meal is cooked for the kids. And the condition was very poor in the school on Chabhal Road.”

Insects were all over the wheat and water posing serious threat to kids. The school children even came forward and told us about the poor handling of mid day meal schemes, claimed the state BJP General Secretary.

He further mentioned that the matter will be brought into the notice of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and also it will taken with the District Administration for stern action against responsible.
 
Raids by administration also find unhygienic conditionsTo check into the conditions wherein the mid day meal is cooked in various schools, a team of health department also conducted surprise raids and found pathetic conditions in many schools.

The officials claimed that in the schools located in Dharamnagar and Kangra Colony, the food material was stored along with the building material.

Similarly insects were found in wheat in a school Karampura and Faijpura. Even the kitchen where food was cooked in Mustafabad School was also very dirty, claimed health officials. DC speaks

Talking to HT, Amritsar deputy commissioner Rajat Aggarwal said, “Such thing will not be tolerated and after a probe action will be taken against those responsible. We are conducting checks and definitely unhygienic conditions do prevail. The problem is more in urban areas but the rural areas are comparatively fine.”

We are further going to step up checking and ensure that healthy mid day meal is served to students, he added.

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