Authorities seal CDP office, ICDS centre for storing pest infested, expired food items

PULWAMA: Authorities on Thursday sealed a store of Child Development Project Of¬fice (CDPO) and an Inte¬grated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) centre in south Kashmir’s Pampore tehsil for allegedly pos¬sessing expired and pest infested food items.
As per reports, Revenue officials along with police raided the store of Child De¬velopment Project Office (CDPO) and various Inte¬grated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) centres and procured samples for testing.
Tehsildar Pampore, Shahbaz Ahmad Boda, told Kashmir Reader that act¬ing on complaints from sev¬eral quarters, they officials raided several centres on Thursday.
“During the process, we found out that at an ICDS centre had stored and were distributing adulterated and stale food items like Dahlia, Suji and cooking oil,” he added.
He said that the centre was sealed on the spot while as a CDPO office too was sealed after finding out that pest infested and expired food items have been stored there.
He said that he has di¬rected village heads in Pampore Tehsil to check the food items being served by these centres to children of the area.
He said that the authori¬ties have sent the lifted sam¬ples to the office of director Forensic Science Labora¬tory, Srinagar to verify the quality of the food items.