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NHRC pouts State on notice over poisonous mid-day meal

Bhubaneswar, October 11: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notice to the School and Mass Education Secretary over poisonous mid-day meal (MDM) served to more than 200 children of Dapa UGME School in Kanpada gram panchayat of Tihidi block in Bhadrak district and sough a report within four weeks.

Rights campaigner Radhakanta Tripathy moved the apex human rights panel over the issue seeking justice to the victims.

“The children complained of uneasiness after eating the meal in which a dead lizard found on August 5at the Dapa UGME School. But the school authorities did not admitted all the children in hospital. Students namely Gayatri Das, Bhumika Das, Puja Das, Sambit Das were taken to hospital by their family members. Therefore, keeping check over the issue is of paramount importance. The negligence of State authorities amount to serious violation of human rights of the children,” Radhakanta alleged.

He requested the NHRC to investigate the case and direct the State to provide detailed report on the above mentioned cases and steps taken by the Education department to ensure safe and nutritious food in mid-day meal scheme to the children and to pay compensation to the affected children who are the victims of mid-day meal so far.

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