BJP seeks rights panel`s probe into Dal scam

A 10-member delegation of the BJP submitted a memorandum with the chairman of the state`s rights panel highlighting the impact of infected dal on the health of poor children and pregnant women.

Updated: Feb 10, 2011, 22:01 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: Seeking an inquiry into the
Dal scam by Orissa State Human Rights Commission, BJP on Thursday
sought a direction to the director general of vigilance
department to submit their findings as on date on the
irregularities in the mid-day meal (MDM) and supplementary
nutrition programme (SNP).

The party also sought health check-up of beneficiaries
of feeding programmes and immediate withdrawal of infected
pulses supplied under the MDM and SNP.

A 10-member delegation of the BJP on Thursday submitted a
memorandum with the chairman of the state`s rights panel
highlighting impact of infected dal on the health of poor
children and pregnant women.

The BJP which had been demanding resignation of the
chief minister Naveen Patnaik over the dal scam issue, claimed
that consumption of bad quality pulses must have its adverse
impact on the health of above one crore beneficiaries,
including 50 lakh school going children and many pregnant
women.

"We also demanded immediate withdrawal of infected dal
from all the schools and anganwadi centres supplied under the
MDM and SNP", said BJP state vice-president Ashok Sahu adding
that the party also demanded stringent action against those
involved in supply of inedible dal.

Though Pramila Mallik had already resigned as the
minister of the women and child development department, the
BJP said it would continue agitation till all the culprits
were booked.

Meanwhile, the new WCD minister Prafulla Samal said
that the state government had already taken several measures
including withdrawing bad quality of dal from different
districts, if any.

"The state government through vigilance has been
probing into the alleged corruption in the dal
irregularities", Samal said.

PTI

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