ICDS officials fined Rs 2.80 lakh for sub-standard food

Srinagar: The Drug and Food Control Organization (D&FCO) Saturday said it has launched a special inspection drive across Kashmir to monitor the availability and quality of food items supplied to Integrated Child Development Scheme( ICDS) centers.
“During the drive the designated officers of the department took food samples from various centers and filed challans against two adjudicating officers and fined Rs 2.80 lakh to them for supplying sub-standard food items to these centers,” it said in a statement.
According to statement, the designated officers of concerned districts have been instructed to carry out frequent inspections of these centers and keep check on the quality of food items used in these centers and in mid-day meals in government schools.
The department has also appealed the public to lodge their complaint on helpline number 0194-2495191 if they found sub-standard food served in such institutions.
The statement said that last year, in similar drive, the organization had lifted 339 samples of food articles from various ICDS centers, out of which four samples were declared substandard which included mustard oil, turmeric powder and skimmed milk while food items Rs 20 lakh were seized.