Contract of mid-day meal supplier cancelled in Delhi after rat found in container
In yet another case of mid-day meal negligence, a rat was found in the food meant to be served to students of a government-aided SD Hari Mandir Girls Senior Secondary School at Nabi Karim, Old Delhi. The pest was found in the pot containing namkeen daliya.
The educational institution immediately reported the matter to the Directorate of Education (DoE) which took the issue seriously and cancelled the contract of the supplier. In the letter, the school requested the DoE to take immediate action against the suppliers as they would have given the same contaminated food to other schools as well.
Binay Bhushan Director DoE said that the rat was spotted as soon as the pot was opened and that the contaminated food was not served to the children. Secondly, he added that another non-profit organisation providing food to other schools has been asked to serve food.
Time and again the issue of contaminated food being served in mid-day meals has been cropping up. Recently, eight students and teachers fell sick in a government institution in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar after consuming food in which a dead rat was also found.