Veg Chouhan blocks eggs in anganwadis

Activists say introduction of eggs in meals was one way of ensuring children get protein-rich food, especially in the tribal areas where malnutrition remains a concern.

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal | Updated: June 1, 2015 7:45 am
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A strict vegetarian, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has shot down a proposal to include either egg curry or boiled eggs in anganwadi meals on a pilot basis in the tribal areas of Alirajpur, Mandla and Hoshangabad districts.

Activists say introduction of eggs in meals was one way of ensuring children get protein-rich food, especially in the tribal areas where malnutrition remains a concern.

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When the proposal was brought to his notice recently, Chouhan was said to have told officials he would not clear it because he had publicly declared that eggs would not be served in anganwadis as long as he was chief minister.

The proposal was drafted after a meeting called last month by the Women and Child Development department to discuss ready-to-eat breakfast for children in the 3-6 age group in anganwadis run under the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS).

When his comments were sought, S K Mishra, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, said: “It has been a sentimental issue with the CM from Day One. Moreover, there are better, more nutritious options available.”

When he speaks in public, Chouhan says “milk and bananas will be served, but never eggs’’.

Project officers had suggested that eggs be served twice or thrice a week. When word of the new menu reached the powerful Jain community, its members became active. Pressure was mounted on bureaucrats to change the proposal and the matter was eventually raised with Chouhan.

“The bureaucrats told us that they will introduce eggs only after the CM’s clearance. We were not convinced, so we reached him directly,’’ Anil Badkul, spokesperson for the Digambar Jain Mahasamiti, said.

“Do eggs grow on trees? No. Its consumption has several side-effects. When children eat non-vegetarian food, their sensitivity dies,’’ Badkul said. “Bachcho ko bachana hai, andon ko bachana hai (children have to be saved, eggs have to be saved).”

Right to Food campaign activist Sachin Jain said by taking an “unscientific stand”, the state government will be denying children the protein they badly need, especially in the tribal areas where malnutrition is a major worry. He said children in several states were already eating eggs and their health had improved.

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    raj
    Jun 1, 2015 at 5:34 am
    What more and how long this is to continue ?
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      save india
      Jun 1, 2015 at 11:01 am
      if anybody so desperate to eat eggs they could go to stan.
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        Adrian Akau
        Jun 1, 2015 at 11:02 am
        "...children in several states were already eating eggs and their health had improved." Chouhan wants the poor tribal children under him to be in poor health. He apparently wants India to continue to have four out of every ten children stunted. It takes leaders like this who do not care about the health of children to prevent India from becoming a strong nation. His health department officials recommended eggs being served to the poor tribal children but apparently he knows what is best for them because of "sentimental" reasons.
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          raja
          Jun 1, 2015 at 9:30 am
          I favor Mr Chauhan.There are innumerable ways of fulfilling protein deficiency. jaisa khayen ann waisa hoe mann. be sensitive and nonviolent...dont kill India. you start with eggs and end up at cow.I know this.
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            AS Chahal
            Jun 1, 2015 at 6:58 pm
            Maximum Oratory Deceive India That is Modi. He himself uses Mont Blanc Pen, I Phone, BMW Car. He should preach first himself and his coterie.
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              AS Chahal
              Jun 1, 2015 at 6:59 pm
              Very Good reply !!
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                Ashok Sridharan
                Jun 1, 2015 at 11:08 am
                Even to a vegetarian like me, this sounds plain stupid. If Mr. Chouhan is a vegetarian, good for him. Why should he impose it on kids, many of whom may not be vegetarian at all? Its not so much bigoted as plain dumb.
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                  Ashutosh
                  Jun 1, 2015 at 12:13 pm
                  Nothing wrong - Eggs are a source of proteins and much higher proteins are available in daal - the fundamental point is nutrition, daal is available aplenty in our country nonsense to oppose any such a move making it a veg Vs Non veg issue and also it will attract Hindu Muslim Christian rhetoric. Countries with extreme climates where daal and such vegetation is not possible prefer items like eggs - but eggs are never a necessity. Nature has given Hindusthan vegetation in abundance.
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                    Ashutosh
                    Jun 1, 2015 at 8:02 pm
                    खटका उनकी आँखों में एक गरीब का सूट... जिनकी पिढीया खादी की आड़ में ले गई देश को लूट...
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                      Ashutosh
                      Jun 1, 2015 at 4:51 pm
                      Nothing wrong in it - fundamental is nutrition - Eggs are a source of proteins and much more proteins are available in daal - Almighty has given our country such a climate that we get fresh vegetables throughout the year and daal / pulses are also abundantly available - Eggs and such things are preferred by people where climatic conditions are not good for vegetation. A good decision - now a days people have habit of giving communal / secular color to everything.
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                        Joby Joseph
                        Jun 1, 2015 at 11:24 am
                        Killing them slowly.
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                          Balaji S
                          Jun 1, 2015 at 1:15 pm
                          The Govt. supplied food must be edible to all. If a scheme is going to hurt sentiments of any section, an alternative has to be found which lies in the common. If Eggs and no other protein vegan alternative is present, then most of these arguments hold good. Otherwise this scheme would be blocking deliberately, the potion that has certain sentiments. Eating vegan/vegetarian/non vegetarian meal can be a topic of debate, but a govt. sponsored scheme, should be inclusive to all.
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                            Balaji S
                            Jun 5, 2015 at 9:13 am
                            In a democratic nation can serving of egg, by the govt. which is supposed to carter to all sections of society, be termed as discrimination against the vegetarian consumers? According to the 2006 Hindu-CNN-IBN State of the Nation Survey, 31% of Indians (over 350 million people) are vegetarians. So serving egg by govt. is a gross discrimination.
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                              Balaji S
                              Jun 1, 2015 at 5:49 pm
                              There is always people involved and expert in any field who can advice and people's choice in any field, be it mid day meal or land accusation or article 370, do you mean we do not need an elected govt.?
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                                bluemonkey
                                Jun 1, 2015 at 3:08 pm
                                Congress seems better with just one pappu. BJP seems full of maha pappus.
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                                  bluemonkey
                                  Jun 1, 2015 at 3:02 pm
                                  Who cares about the under nourished children. This seems to be decision to please the cow dung eaters, Guess the cow dung has replaced their brains now.
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                                    bluemonkey
                                    Jun 1, 2015 at 3:07 pm
                                    Yes you are right, since we have water and we wash our back sides. People in countries where they have water frozen can use tissues to wipe. Just because you have a fair colored backside, you can never impose that to Indians who dont.
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                                      Venk
                                      Jun 1, 2015 at 4:08 pm
                                      Does this CM have the power to mess about with what people eat?
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                                        Venk
                                        Jun 1, 2015 at 4:10 pm
                                        It is for the people involved to decide how to manage the allocated budget on advice from nutritionists and people's choices. Not for a CM to dictate.
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                                          Kaliyug
                                          Jun 1, 2015 at 6:54 pm
                                          Egg is the by-product for the chicken industry, that is why they kill all the male chicken as soon as they have hatched. In the West the Milk is the by-product for the beef industry. Again the male calf is kept in small crates to be slaughtered as Veal. The people can get protein from Lentils and Legumes, it is the Western thinking that one needs tonnes of protein, there are more diseases that one gets out of the protein rich foods derived from killing animals. The Chief Minister is absolutely right with his decision.
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                                            Chavali
                                            Jun 1, 2015 at 6:13 am
                                            Modi, the mentor, should counsel his own Chief Minister. Is it good governance model BJP says. It is ridiculous and tenancious.
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