After finding a snake in the mid day meal which was served to children in Rajkeeya Girls Senior Secondary School in Faridabad on May 11, 2017, chief minister’s “flying squad” conducted raids in six of government schools to ensure that the quality of mid-day meal is not compromised, reported Press Trust of India. The squad conducted raids in schools at Uncha Gaon, Chandravali, Ahairvad and Tigaon Road. According to the report, Deputy Superintendent Dinesh Yadav has said that any shortcomings in the quality of the food served to the students was taken in writing by the Principal of the respective schools and was sent to the Chief Minister.
On May 11, after finding a ‘snakelet’ in the food, the children were immediately stopped from having the meal. However, the students who had already consumed the meal were fallen ill and vomited soon after eating. The ‘snakelet’ was found when the principal and other teachers were tasting the food.
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According to the report, the teachers admitted that a ‘foul smell’ from the food was a common phenomenon but this incident was particularly horrifying. The principal of the school intimated the higher officials and Iskcon food relief foundation – the organisation which supplies the midday meal to the school. The other schools where the orgainsation provides the food were also cautioned.
The tale of students taking in ill after consuming midday meal is not new. Only recently, around 85 students in Bihar’s Samastipur district fell unconscious after consuming the midday meal. According to a report in IANS, the parents of some children told the district officials that two girl students had found a dead lizard in the midday meal. The midday meal is served to sixteen million students in 72,000 schools across the state, daily.