A snake was found in ‘khichdi’ being served to the students of a government primary school in Maharashtra’s Nanded on January 31.
There was no report of any student being affected as the meal distribution was stopped at once. 80 children were served the midday meal. The school was shocked to see the snake in the large vessel while serving the khichdi.
The incident took place here on Thursday in Garagwhan Zilla Parishad primary school located in Hadgaon tehsil of Nanded district after the school staff started serving the ‘khichdi’, they found the snake in the large vessel. Soon as the matter came into light, the school administration stopped serving the meal and prevented around 80 girl-student from consuming it. The parents of girl reached school and demanded the woman who made the meal to be terminated and legal action school be taken against her.
When contacted, the Nanded Education Department officials denied the claims and said that the incident never happened. The district administration is yet to take action. The National Programme of Nutritional Support to Primary Education (Mid-Day Meal Scheme) was launched in 1995. The objective of this scheme was to give the boost to the universalisation of primary education and impact on the nutrition of students in primary classes.
Implemented around 1996, the ‘khichdi’ is part of the weekly nutrition menu for the children in all government schools in the state to discourage dropouts, especially among girls, with over 1.25 crore students benefiting from it daily.