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New committee to ensure mid-day meals` quality

Last Updated: Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 13:46

New Delhi: The union government has decided to form a new committee to look into the quality of food being provided under the mid-day meal scheme, Human Resource Development Minister MM Pallam Raju said on Thursday.

"What has happened is a very sad incident and we are pained by the deaths of 23 young children and I think the focus should be to see that it doesn`t occur again," Raju told reporters here.

The children died after eating contaminated meal on Tuesday at their school in Bihar`s Saran district.

The minister said the time has come to strengthen the programme further so that it is implemented in a better manner.

"We have decided to form a committee which will be looking into qualitative aspect of the programme -- the quality of food that is supplied, the effectiveness of supply chain and hygiene of the place where it is cooked," he said.

He said action will be taken against those responsible for the incident in Bihar.

"Responsibility will be pinned on what has gone wrong and who is responsible for it. But having said that, mid-day meal is an important and integral part of schooling system which gives minimum nutrients to our children," he said.

"And all efforts should be made that the scheme is strengthened and implemented well ... So that should be the focus and not a blame game," he said.


First Published: Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 13:46

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