Mid-Day Meal Scam: 28 Held For Illegally Selling Food Grains Meant For School Children In UP
The Uttar Pradesh government has taken stringent action against 28 employees in the nutritional meal scam in Rae Bareli and Kannauj, where foodgrains meant for school children, were being sold in the open market.
The scam came to light after the food grains were found in an animal fodder godown in Rae Bareli’s Salon block. The state directorate has initiated a departmental investigation in the matter reported India Today.
Nearly 55 bags of food grains which were supposed to be used for midday meals were identified at an animal fodder godown in the Salon block of Rae Bareli. Upon weighing, it was found to be 9,300 kg. About 17 Anganwadi workers were dismissed as soon as the matter caught the attention of the state authorities.
Orders have been issued to suspend four supervisors and chief servants involved in the scam. Four Anganwadi workers were also suspended, and two others booked for carelessness in the distribution of nutritional meals to children in Kannauj.
Also, a chargesheet has been issued against Pratapgarh DPO Pawan Yadav for negligence and has been advised to take appropriate action. Godown operators were also sent behind bars.
During the initial investigation, it was revealed that the nutritional meals were to be distributed in anganwadis of Pratapgarh’s Rampur Khaas and other areas. Later, it was found that the food was kept in godowns and sold to people through illegal means.
This comes after another shocking incident that took place earlier this month, where the Mirzapur district authorities had lodged a criminal case against a local journalist who had made a video of salt and roti being served to government primary school children.