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HindustanTimes Sat,20 Dec 2014

Insects found in mid-day meal at Jalandhar school, again

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Jalandhar, July 03, 2014
First Published: 21:39 IST(3/7/2014) | Last Updated: 21:40 IST(3/7/2014)

After worms were reportedly found in the mid-day meal at Government Primary School, Radio Colony, on Wednesday, teams of health, education departments and district administration on Thursday conducted surprise checks at various government schools in the city to check quality of food served to students.

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Shockingly, insects were found on Thursday in vegetables served to students at Government Primary School for Girls, Garha, while chapattis with moisture content were served at Guru Ravidass High School.

In the morning, additional deputy commissioner (development) Pritam Singh on the direction of the deputy commissioner inspected the kitchen of Bagdanga AP Aschim Gheri Bishalakshmi Club, an NGO which supplies food to the schools of the region, at Khurla Khingra.

Tasked with distributing mid-day meal to primary schools, the NGO has been distributing food to about 1,527 government and government-aided schools in the district.

"The condition of the kitchen was up to mark and the cooked food was also fine," said district education officer (elementary) Anil Avasthi.

Health officials also took samples of foodgrains and cooked food from the kitchen. "We will be inspecting mid-day meal and other things in 30 schools on everyday basis," Avasthi said.

The ADC (development) also inspected schools at Sangowal. The district assistant block manager, mid-day meal, inspected other schools.

A cockroach was reportedly found in food served to the students at Government Primary School, Basti Mithu. 
Avasthi tasted the vegetables before they were served to the students.

"At Government Primary School, Abadpura, food was served to 60 of the 72 students," said Avasthi.

Deputy commissioner Kamal Kishor Yadav said the health department had taken the samples from the NGO where the food was prepared. "Now the meal served in schools will be monitored at regular basis. We have asked the NGO manager to work properly and provide hygienic food," said Yadav.

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