New Delhi:  The death of 22 children after consuming a mid-day meal in Bihar has highlighted the danger faced by the children studying in government schools. The entire system of preparation of food is so unhygienic that its hazardous impact on the health of children cannot be denied.

An investigation was recently conducted by a team of Dainik Jagran at the Ekta Shakti Foundation in Matiyala area of New Delhi, which unveiled some appalling realities under which mid-day meals are prepared for children. Here is a report.

Employees don’t wear gloves while serving food

No employee of the foundation was seen wearing gloves while preparing or packing the meal. It is very important for employees to wear it while preparing food or serving it to the children to ward off any chance of contamination.

No quality check of food

The quality of meal served to the students has always to be checked thoroughly by a specialist or a dietician. Ironically, at Ekta Shakti Foundation, which prepares the food for over 1 lakh children, the check is conducted by its untrained employees who approve it for serving by just tasting it.

Serving hot food is not ensured

It takes a minimum of two hours from the time of packing the food to the time of serving it in the schools. The meal is packed in a steel box which is not of much help in keeping the food hot.

Too less meal is served

Students who are in primary standard are served with 250 gram of food whereas those studying in the higher standards are served with just 275 gram meal every day. Institutions are served wheat and rice for free.

North Delhi mayor Azad Singh also conducted a surprise inspection on Wednesday at corporation’s schools in Budhpur, Alipur and Ranhaula to inquire about the quality of the food served by the NGO. The mayor, who was accompanied by additional commissioner (education) MSA Khan and additional director (education) Jasram Kaim, instructed those in charge to ensure that mid-day meal samples were sent to Shriram Laboratory for quality testing.


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