Home Chhattisgarh If this is not a joke then what is it? Insects and mites found in soybean badi served to children, being supplied in 285 schools, same condition almost everywhere

If this is not a joke then what is it? Insects and mites found in soybean badi served to children, being supplied in 285 schools, same condition almost everywhere

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If this is not a joke then what is it?  Insects and mites found in soybean badi served to children, being supplied in 285 schools, same condition almost everywhere

Purushottam Patra, Gariaband. There are complaints of continuous emergence of insects (caterpillars, weevils) in soybean badi being served to children in the mid-day meal provided in government primary and middle schools. Recently, insects (caterpillars, weevils) were found in the soybean meal provided in Hindi medium mid-day meal at Atmanand Boys Primary and Secondary School. The women of the self-help group who prepared the food made a written complaint along with the photo to the Block Education Officer.

On receiving the complaint the officers arrived to investigate. During the investigation, when a sealed packet of Soybean Badi was opened in front of the officials and cooked by putting it in hot water, small caterpillars came out of it and weevils came out of the other packet. Whereas the third packet turned out to be fine. After which District Resource Coordinator KS Nayak said that he will investigate the entire matter and submit the report to the Collector. If sources are to be believed, insects were also found in the English medium Atmanand English School and Dak Bungalow School in the last few days. After which he stopped feeding Soywadi. It is not that this complaint has come only in two-three schools. Complaints regarding removal of insects keep coming from almost every school.

Soybean is available at more than market rate

Soybean provided by Chhattisgarh State Seed and Agricultural Development Corporation is made available at a rate higher than the market rate. Good quality soybean is available in the market for Rs 80 to Rs 90 per kg. At the same time, the price of soybean badi coming to schools is said to be Rs 131 per kg. Which is deducted from the account of the self-help group preparing the food. The period of 1 year is written in the packet. But because the manufacturing date is written somewhere else, it is not visible to the people.

Pressure to finish stock in a month

If the stock of soybean badi is not available in any month, it is given in the next month. There is pressure to finish it this month. For example, if the soybean packet was not received in the month of January and was received in the month of February, then there is pressure to feed the packets of both January and February to the children in the month of February. Instead of two days a week, children are fed soybean meal for 3 to 4 days. Complaints have been received in most of the schools that children do not like to eat soybean badi.

Giving more than required is harmful for health.

When information was taken from the pediatrician of the district hospital located at Gariaband, he said that nutrition has to be given to the children in a certain quantity. If more nutritious food is given to them than required, it can also be harmful for their body.

Soybean Badi is supplied to 285 schools

There are 192 primary schools under Gariaband development block. In which there are 8432 children. Similarly, there are 93 middle schools. In which there are 4,959 children. According to the guidelines issued by the government, primary school children have to be fed 10 grams and middle school children have to be fed 15 grams mixed with big vegetables. But considering the quality of Badi, most of the children avoid eating it.

In this matter, Collector Deepak Aggarwal said that the matter has come to his notice. It has been given to the District Education Officer and Cluster Resource Coordinator for investigation. If such complaint is found to be true then action will be taken against the organization which supplies Badi. KL Nayak Sankul Source Coordinator said that he has just come to Atmanand Hindi Medium School to check the Soybean Badi. Block Education Officer and school teachers have also been asked to investigate. Action will be taken on the basis of whatever report comes after the investigation.