Collectors asked to follow hygienic norms
STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Bhubaneswar, 4 August
 Apparently waking up to the allegations regarding sub-standard and contaminated food being served to children under different government programmes pouring from across the state, the government has asked the collectors to follow the hygienic norms in supplementary nutrition programme (SNP) and other such schemes.
Chief secretary Mr Jugal Kishore Mohapatra discussed the matter with the collectors of several districts while interacting with them through video-conferencing.
As per the revised guidelines, children in anganwadi centres will be given egg curry thrice in a week on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
 Similarly, the normal children aged from six months to three year will be given two boiled eggs to be consumed at AWC on Wednesday and Saturday.
Severely malnourished children in the same age-group will get two boiled eggs one each on Wednesday and Saturday along with one packet of Rasi Ladoo of 100 gram weight per month.
This apart, pregnant and lactating mothers will be given two boiled eggs to be consumed at anganwadi centres, one each on Wednesday and Saturday.
“During the video-conferencing, all the collectors and CDPOs have been asked to ensure that the cook and helper and one school management committee member will eat the cooked food at least half an hour before it is served to children at AWC,” said a senior official, while informing that similar guidelines have already been issued to the district administrations.
It was instructed that the officer lifting the rice and wheat from go-down must satisfy himself that it is good quality, and if he finds that it is not of good quality, s/he should not lift the stuff and bring it to the notice of Collector immediately.
“The transport agents will deliver the rice at each AWC point for one month. On no account, the transport agent should deliver rice for more than one month&’s requirement,” he said.
The quality of wheat and take home ration (chhatua) was also discussed.
The collectors have also been asked to expedite construction of AWC buildings and complete those in time for sourcing further funds.