Almost 26 per cent of the midday meal samples in Karnataka tested in 2015-2016 fail the test.
Contaminated food samples were found in the test
At least twenty three food samples that were tested six were found to be below average. The three food samples in Kolar district were found to have E-coli in both the sambar and cooked rice, and unfit for human consumption.
Samples were tested on the basis of Microbiological and Chemical parameters
These samples were tested on the basis of microbiological and chemical parameters in accredited laboratories in the state. The findings were revealed in the meeting of the Programme Approval Board for the Mid-Day Meal Scheme attended by the top officials from the Ministry of Human Resource and Development in February.
A source in the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) said, “We have found that places where the midday meal did not pass the test had water sources that were contaminated.”
State government instructed the schools to install purified drinking water
The Hindu has accessed notes of the meeting and it states that the State government has reportedly sent directions to schools to install purified drinking water through the zilla parishads. In addition, cooks have been given a detailed set of guidelines regarding personal hygiene.
Voice of the State President of Karnataka Rajya Akshara Dasoha Naukarara Sanga
State president of the Karnataka Rajya Akshara Dasoha Naukarara Sanga, S. Varalakshmi, said that the government should ensure that all schools had access to clean drinking water and also pointed out that there is a need to check the quality of food grains being used.