CHENNAI: The State Human Rights Commission has recommended to the Tamil Nadu Government to consider affixing a stamp indicating the expiry date on eggs supplied for the noon meal scheme. It also suggested that the eggs be checked by a higher official before being dispatched to schools.
In an order, SHRC Member, Justice S. Thangaraj, said the noon meal scheme had won the acclaim of the United Nations. Hence, more attention should be paid to the health of growing children.
The Commission took suo motu cognisance of a report in a Tamil daily in July last year, which said that students of some schools in Salem district had complained of vomiting and giddiness and were treated in nearby hospitals. The report said rotten eggs supplied for the noon meal scheme caused the complications.
No action required
Mr. Justice Thangaraj said the Commission’s investigation wing report had pointed out that the authorities had taken immediate action and saved the children’s lives. The Commission said the incident took place within the limits of Athur and Thalavasal Panchayat Unions. It was clear that boiled eggs supplied to the noon meal centres were to blame. The supplier was responsible for it.
It said the method adopted by the staff to test the eggs was conventional. A better system could be adopted.