President of Ahmednagar Zilla Parishad Manisha Gund, who had alleged that the 'chikki' supplied to Ahmednagar district schools contained traces of mud, was, however, not convinced by the reports of laboratories at Nashik and Pune and said she would wait for reports from other three government labs.

The controversy broke out after Gund wrote to state Women and Child Development (WCD) Department claiming that the 'chikki' contained traces of mud. WCD Minister Munde has since then been in the line of fire after it was alleged that she flouted rules while awarding contracts worth Rs 206 crore for procurement of various goods, including the snack, through a rate contract system without inviting tenders.

Subsequently, it came to light that the Department had approved purchase order of 24 items worth Rs 206,50,14,574 in a single day on February 13, 2015. Following Gund's letter, all chikkis supplied to Ahmednagar schools were seized and samples were sent for test. Gund said that the samples were taken and sealed in presence of officers from Food and Drugs Department and that ZP functionaries were also present.

"The reports from Government laboratories at Nashik and Pune stated that mud was not found in the samples and the items were in accordance to the standards finalised by the state government," she told reporters last evening.

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