CM: regular checks are being conducted to inspect food quality

Panaji: The government has appointed nutrition experts to
check the quality and quantity of mid-day meals to the school students by
carrying out sensory analysis as well as nutritive assessment of these daily
meals.

Coming out with this written information, in the State
Legislative Assembly, on Monday, the Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said that on
instances when the mid-day meal norms are not met, warning letter/ show cause
notice is issued or fine is imposed.

“The officials
in-charge of mid-day meals also inspect the kitchens of mid-day meal suppliers
– self-help groups, Mahila Mandals and Parent Teachers Associations – for
hygiene and sanitation,” Sawant, who also holds the education portfolio stated
by way of a written information, adding that trainings regarding food safety,
hygiene, and preparation and distribution of mid-day meals have been given to
cook-cum-helpers, self-help groups, Mahila Mandals and Parent Teachers
Association members.

The written reply further stated that no decision as
regards enhancing the financial assistance for the provision of nutritious and
tasty mid-day meals to students of schools has been taken by the government as
on date.

“Adequate care is already being taken to provide nutritious
and wholesome meals to the students,” it maintained.

Coming out with the information that proper and regular
checks are being conducted to inspect the quality of food supplied under
Mid-day Meal Scheme, the Chief Minister said that no report has been received
from heads of the institutions that most of the students of higher classes
rejected the mid-day meals.

It was also informed that the remuneration paid to
helpers of school for mid-day meal is Rs 1,000 per month.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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