Taking note of the issue of substandard food being served to the students of government schools, SAD leader and chief parliamentary secretary Pawan Kumar Tinu on Friday visited the mid-day meal kitchen at Khurla Kingra from where food is supplied to all schools in the district.
After he took up the issue with education minister who has marked an inquiry into the matter, Tinu along with mediapersons found a lot of discrepancies at the mid-day meal kitchen.
There has been hardly any improvement in the quality of food at the mid-day meal despite criticism from all corners. “The workers were not wearing clean clothes when they were cooking and did not have their heads covered. Toilets were in a bad condition. Tamarind meant to be used in food was kept on the floor,” Tinu said.
“Even the food was not up to standard. Rice was kept in a steel drum and hairs were found in it. We clicked the photographs of all the messes,” he added. He was asked by the workers to taste the cooked vegetable. “The vegetable served to me contained only potatoes and just few peas. I wonder if children would have got a single pea.”
The kitchen manager and workers could not respond to the queries of Tinu and this reporter satisfactorily.On Thursday, taking cognisance of the news reports published in newspapers about the poor quality of mid-day meal being served to government school students, education minister Daljit Singh Cheema had ordered an inquiry into this and directed the circle education officer, Jalandhar, to look into the matter and submit a detailed report before July 15.
Circle education officer Hukam Chand said he would submit a report to the director general of school education in this regard.He refused to share any information with the media.