The mid-day meal samples of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation have once again failed to pass the calorie and protein test, four months after the problem was first discovered.
According to information made available to the Standing Committee on Monday, only six of the 36 samples passed the test for the requisite amount of protein in the mid-day meal served to primary school children.
Also, in terms of calories, only three of the 36 samples were found to be fit.
Three NGOs provide mid-day meal to school children in NDMC areas, namely Surya Charitable Welfare Society, Maitri Research and Development Foundation and Strishakti. Over four lakh students from 765 primary and 19 nursery schools are served the food everyday.
Asked what was being done to rectify the situation, the Education Department told the Committee members that a letter requesting further direction on the matter has been sent to the Delhi Government.
“The Directorate of Education, Delhi Government, is the nodal agency in this regard and we have written a letter to them pointing out the deficiencies and asked for directions in the matter,” the reply stated.
In March, it was found that only seven out of 80 samples of mid-day meal samples in the past one year passed the minimum requirements for both adequate protein and calorie content. Even then, the NDMC had been assured that efforts were being made to address the situation.
Keywords: North Delhi Municipal Corporation, mid day meal scheme, mid day meal samples, calorie protein tests, Surya Charitable Welfare Society, Maitri Research and Development Foundation, Strishakti,