The National Human Rights Commission has asked Manipur to constitute a committee to investigate whether rice and lentils meant for mid-day meal to school students were sold in black market or misappropriated by some officials.

This was stated at a press conference here on Friday evening by representatives of Wide Angle and some other NGOs, who pointed out that they had first lodged a complaint with the NHRC in 2009, based on news reports on scams, involving crores, in the Education department.

An NHRC notification said Chief Secretary D.S. Poonia should constitute the inquiry panel within four weeks and submit a report.

Meanwhile, helpers and supervisors of anganwadi centres in Manipur have complained of non-payment of salaries for the last 13 months. The monthly salary for all anganwadi workers is Rs 2.96 crore, for helpers it is Rs 1,48,24,500, and for clerks and other officials Rs. 6 crore.

Their poser: “Where has the huge amount been diverted all these months and why?”