Srinagar: The Child Development Project Office (CDPO) Srinagar, which looks after 422 Anganwari centres, supplied rotten food to a Mehjoor Nagar based Anganwari Centre on Saturday. Locals, after inspecting the supplies that included pulses, semolina and oat porridge, destroyed it in front of the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) officials.
This at a time when Village Level Committees are being set up to monitor the functioning of Anganwari Centres.
Residents of the neighbourhood said that the project office in Srinagar was supposed to supply food items in March this year, but negligent officials dumped these supplies at Zaldagar for four months. “The food stuff provided to this Anganwari Centre was not only rotten but it had developed fungus. They want to kill our children,” an elderly woman from Mehjoor Nagar told CNS. The residents, while demanding action against the negligent officials of ICDS, appealed the government to inspect the Zaldagar based food store where, according to them, quintals of food stock are rotting.
They alleged that food items including pulses (chana and moong), oat porridge (dalia) and skimmed milk are rotting in a rodent-infested, stinking tin-shed at Zaldagar since March 2017. Dozens of gunny bags, carrying the “nutrition stock”, have been torn down by rats and the food lies scattered on the floor of the dark, dilapidated shed with almost zero ventilation, news agency CNS reported. In another dark, dingy go-down nearby, 12915 litres of edible oil are rotting. Confirming that supplies were rotten, incharge Anganwari Centre Mehjoor Nagar, Tabasum Jan said that residents inspected its quality immediately and destroyed it.
Director ICDS, Ghulam Muhammad Sofi, said they have called for a special meeting to destroy the rotten food supplies.