States should exercise caution for midday meal scheme: Raju

July 17, 2013 04:00 pm | Updated June 04, 2016 03:10 pm IST - New Delhi

Expressing sorrow over the death of over 20 children in Bihar due to food poisoning, Union HRD Minister M.M. Pallam Raju on Wednesday asked states to exercise caution while implementing the midday meal scheme.

“I came to know about the sad incident where 20 have died. I have taken serious note of it. Our additional secretary has rushed to the spot to have a first hand report. It looks like a case of contamination of food but we are awaiting forensic report,” Mr. Raju said.

“This is an example where we should exercise caution. We will know the forensic report by Wednesday evening,” he said.

The HRD Ministry has asked for a report of the incident from the Bihar government while the Union School Education Secretary has spoken to Bihar Chief Secretary on the issue.

Terming the incident as “unfortunate”, Minister of State for HRD Jitin Prasada said it should not be politicised.

“The mid-day meal scheme guidelines say the cooked food should be tested by two adults before serving, while the teachers should also look into the quality of food and the cleanliness of the utensils,” he said.

Mr. Prasada said the monitoring mechanism should be strengthened as it is the responsibility of the district administration and the village heads to ensure its proper implementation.

Top News Today

Comments

Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.