In what would show the largest state of Uttar Pradesh in poor light, students of a government inter-college in the state’s Muzaffarnagar district consumed their mid-day meal from a vessel that had a dead rat. On account of the mishap, nine children and a teacher fell ill and were admitted to a nearby hospital.
The meal, meant for students between Class 6 and 8, had been prepared by a Hapur based NGO called Jan Kalyan Sanstha Committee.
The dead rat was found at the bottom of the vessel in which the ‘urad dal’ had been cooked.
“By that time, many of the students had already eaten the food and had started vomiting,” said a student.
Ram Sagar Tripathi, a local education official termed the incident ‘shocking’ and said action will be taken against the concerned NGO.
Earlier too, a video from Sonabhadra surfaced where a worker could be seen mixing one-litre milk packet in a bucket of water to feed around 81 school students.
Aimed to benefit around one crore children, the mid-day meals were implemented to provide a minimum of 450 calories to each child every day, including 12 grams of protein and should be served to every child at least 200 days a year.
(With input from agencies.)