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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.

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