As a new incident of mid-day meal apathy surfaced on Tuesday in Uttar Pradesh, the former chief minister of the state Akhilesh Yadav took to Twitter and slammed the BJP for the prevailing corruption within the scheme. This comes after a dead rat was found in the mid-day meal served to school students in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar. Sources report that nine children and a teacher have been hospitalised after consuming the meal served at Janta Inter-college. The food had been given to students studying in classes six to eight.
Expressing dismay over the recurrent reports of faulty mid-day meals, the former CM of UP, Akhilesh Yadav said, "It was due to the rampant corruption in the 'Mid Day Meal' scheme in Uttar Pradesh that ten times water was added to the milk, a dead rat was found in children's food. Because of this 9 children have become ill in Muzaffarnagar today. I request the BJP government that they should fill their stomachs elsewhere but do not play with the lives of children".
उप्र में ‘मिड डे मील’ में व्याप्त भ्रष्टाचार की वजह से कभी दूध में दस गुना पानी मिलाया जा रहा है तो कभी खाने में चूहा मरा मिल रहा है जिसके कारण आज मुज़फ़्फ़रनगर में 9 बच्चे बीमार हो गए हैं.— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) December 3, 2019
भाजपा सरकार से आग्रह है कि वो अपना पेट कहीं और से भर ले पर बच्चों के जीवन से न खेले.
According to sources, after a rat was found in the food that was served under the 'Mid-day meal scheme', the area's Basic Shiksha officer initiated an investigation into the NGO - Jan Kalyan Sanstha Committee which provided the food. The rat was reportedly found in a container with pulses. While the students and the teacher were immediately rushed to the hospital, sources report that the patients are now better.
Just a few days ago on November 29, Uttar Pradesh's Salai Banwa Primary School in Sonabhadra district came under investigation after it was found out that a bucket of water was allegedly mixed into one litre of milk to serve 85 students under the mid-day meal scheme. Visuals from the school show a school cook boiling a large amount of water before adding a litre of milk to it. The cook claimed that she had been told by an assistant teacher to adulterate the milk.