Even as students of Government Primary School at Radio Colony are dealing with the blow dealt by the education department — the director general of the school education has ordered the school to be closed — worms were found in the mid-day meal served to the students on Wednesday, the second day after the vacations.
As the students raised alarms, teachers showed alacrity and stopped them from having the food.Shiva, a student of Class 2, said, “Shortly after the food was served to us, we pointed out that there were dead worms in the rice. Our teachers checked the food and stopped all of us from having it.”
Another student Pradeep of Class 5 said they were unable to even see the food as the worms were so big.
The teachers said they had reported the matter to the block primary education office to inform the NGO that provides food.
When asked about it to Raj Kumar, coordinator, district mid-day meal, said the district mid-day meal manager had been transferred and the new one was yet to join.
While Neetu, assistant block manager, mid-day meal, said they HAD submitted a report to the district education officer (elementary) about the food.
“It might be possible that grains were stored for a long during the summer vacation as a result of which the grains would be infested by worms. But it is bad on the part of NGO to serve the same grains. We have reported the matter to the DEO,” she added.
She said the complaint was provided by just one school about the bad food.
Deputy commissioner Kamal Kishor Yadav said he had directed the district education officer (elementary) to inspect and submit a report of the same.
DEO Anil Avasthi was not available for comments.