Nationalist Congress party (NCP) spokesperson Trajano D'Mello said that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar should suspend the scheme within a week. "If the government fails to suspend it, we will seek the Governor's intervention as the constitutional authority to stop the scheme," he said.
    
As many as 22 students of St Joseph High School at Usgao, 40 km from Panaji, were taken ill yesterday after eating the meal served at the school. About 80 students at a school in Canacona tehsil had suffered food poisoning a few days ago.

D'Mello said that the scheme should not be resumed until hygienic kitchens were made available at schools and the students can be given glucose biscuits in the meantime.
    
He also claimed that barely half the students actually eat the food served at the school, and parents were increasingly asking the children to stay away from it. Goa government has begun an inquiry into the Usgao incident.

(Agencies)

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