Bhubaneswar: Orissa government on Thursday said
criminal cases had been registered against 32 persons for
their alleged involvement in supply of substandard pulses
under mid-day meal (MDM) and supplimentary nutrition programme
This was stated by women and child development
minister Prafulla Samal while participating in an adjournment
motion debate in the assembly.
"The state government has taken action against several
persons and officials. A private dal supplier agency has also
been black-listed by the government in connection with supply
of bad quality pulses," Samal said adding that the state
government was committed to provide nutritious food to
children, women and aged persons.
The dal scam that had seen exit of a woman minister
last month, rocked the assembly with opposition demanding
action against senior officials.
"The government will take stringent action against any
person involved in irregularities in implementation of the MDM
and SNP," Samal said.
Defending Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, the minister
said, "The chief minister has taken all steps to maintain
transparency in implementation of MDM and SNP programme."
"It is unfortunate that the CM`s name is being taken
by opposition in the dal irregularities," Samal said adding
that the state government had already decided to further
decentralise implementation of such programmes from April 1.
The state government in 2001 had decentralised the
process of procurement and supply of dal to district level
where collectors were head of district level committee dealing
with such matter.
Instructions were also given to verify quality of
pulses being supplied under MDM and SNP while rice required
for the purpose were being lifted from Food Corporation of
India (FCI) godowns every month, he said.