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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