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Team to check what?s cookin?

THE STATE Government has put mid-day meal scheme in six districts under the scanner. A task force has been constituted by the CM to check the quality of meal served in the schools.

india Updated: Jan 31, 2006 01:43 IST

THE STATE Government has put mid-day meal scheme in six districts under the scanner. A task force has been constituted by the CM to check the quality of meal served in the schools.

Cases of children falling sick and even deaths after consuming mid-day meal has been reported in over half a dozen districts including Kanpur Dehat, Unnao, Sultanpur, Meerut, Ferozabad and Azamgarh.

Six IAS officers and six Basic Education Department officers have been nominated to the task force. They will make on-the-spot inspection between January 31 and February 2. The members of the task force will submit their report by February 6.

The group of 12 officers has been divided into 6 groups and a district has been allotted to each group. The members of the group include Amit Ghosh and Krishna Mohan Tripathi (Kanpur Dehat), Veena Kumari Meena and Sanjay Sinha (Unnao), Bhuwaneshar Kumar and Mahendra Singh (Sultanpur), Venkateshwar Lu and Dr IP Sharma (Meerut), Chandrabhan and SC Srivastava (Ferozabad), Niteshwar Kumar and Ramesh Chandra Ghildyal (Azamgarh).

The Hindustan Times had reported cases of children falling ill sick and even dying after consuming mid-day meal in the schools. Basic Education Minister Kiranpal Singh had countered the report. Singh had said that few cases of food poisoning had been reported.

While visiting the districts, members of the task force will examine the children and inspect the cooking of meal in at least 10 schools. They will also inspect godowns from where grains are supplied for cooking mid-day meal.

The task force will also find out if the schoolteacher or any person tasted the cooked meal before serving it. They will also observe if the school administration was allowing entrance of unauthorised person in the kitchen or if left over meal was served.