Serving kids puffed rice is contempt of court: Congress

December 14th, 2011 - 5:39 pm ICT by IANS  

Bhopal, Dec 14 (IANS) Congress legislator Ajay singh, leader of opposition in the Madhya Pradesh assembly, has criticized the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government’s decision to serve puffed rice (murmure) as ready-to-eat breakfast to children enrolled in Anganwadi centers.

The cabinet in its decision Tuesday announced the government would provide puffed rice to children aged 3 to 6 in Anganwadis. The puffed rice will be made available six days a week in a variety of flavours.

The leader of opposition not only termed the step as contempt of the Supreme Court but also said the decision was taken to please supply agencies.

“The Supreme Court in its 2004 order had clearly said that only well cooked food should be served to children and the responsibility to cook food should be given to self-help groups. So, to serve puffed rice is setting aside the Supreme Court orders,” Singh said in a statement.

“The state leads in malnourished children (52 percent) in the country and the decision raises the intention and strategy of the government to fight malnutrition,” said the Congress leader.

He added that half of the ministers in the state government had opposed the idea.

“It seems the government is more serious to benefit supply agencies than malnourished kids,” said Ajay Singh.

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