August 19, 2015 1:32:23 am
The Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) under the Woman and Child Development Department has not had to “cancel” any order of supplementary food items provided to the anganwadis in last five years and there have been no reported “hospitalisation cases” after consumption of the mid-day meals being provided by the department, its response to a Right to Information (RTI) query filed by The Indian Express states. The application was filed after the alleged chikki scam which rocked the Assembly session recently.
“There has been no cancellation of any order or any incident of bad food supplement leading to hosptilisation,” ICDS commissioner Vinita Ved Singal said in the reply.
Singal said they had been following the Rate Contract for chikkis being provided as supplementary nutrition. Only this year, an additional Rs 41 crore was allocated for eggs and bananas as part of meal for the beneficiaries, Singal said.
The ICDS has been sourcing supply from the same dealer and it was only this year that four districts reported “bad-quality chikki”, Singal said.
On the recent alleged chikki scam where snacks supplied for mid-day meals in four districts under a Rs 206-crore procurement order were found unfit, she said only “four out of the 20 districts reported that chikkis were not of good quality and they have been replaced in only these four while in the other districts, there was no replacement”.
Singal said that of the total stock of chikkis supplied till July 10, the ICDS had received complaints from four districts of Ahmednagar, Jalgaon, Amravati and Nandurbar.
“In these districts, the authorities concerned were directed to confiscate the samples, which were then tested and not distributed,” she said.
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