Chhatarpur (Madhya Pradesh) [India], Jan 9 (ANI): Madhya Pradesh has suspended officials in Chhatarpur after children of a government-run school were served inferior quality mid-day meal. The students were also found studying in the open, with no proper water facilities forcing them to drink canal water from a trench.
Archana Chitnis, the state's Minister of Women and Child Development, told ANI, "I spoke to Chhatarpur collector. People responsible for this irregularity have been removed. A team has been formed to keep vigilance in all districts."
On reaching the site and asking the students and school administration, ANI found young children drinking dirty water from a nearby trench, and eating out in the open.
The children in the impoverished region were recently allegedly served salt and chapatti as their mid-day meal. Some students informed that they are usually given dal-chapatti and seldom get to eat vegetables.
One of the students said, "We have been drinking water from the trench for four years, there is no provision of a toilet as well."
"I sent an inquiry team there. They found irregularities in mid-day meal. We will take actions. There is no problem of water. Children drink water from a tube well sanctioned in the school premises," Bhandari told ANI. (ANI)