Bhaderwah: Authorities in Doda district have suspended an official and ordered an inquiry following allegations that students of five government schools were not served mid-day meals for the past nine months, an official said on Sunday.
Chief Education Officer (CEO) Doda, Mohammad Sharief Chouhan, took the action after receiving complaints with regard to the non-serving of mid-day meals in all the five primary and upper primary schools, out of the six government schools, in Tanta panchayat since March.
“This is a very grave issue as the government is very particular about the implementation of Midday Meal scheme. All the government primary and upper primary schools of Doda district, including Dramman, Kuthal, Kushethawa, Bagran and Wanipura, of Tanta panchayat, have been regularly sending messages about MDM being served on every working day without any fail,” Chouhan told PTI.
He said the in-charge teacher of Wanipura primary school, Fateh Mohammad, has been placed under suspension with immediate effect and an inquiry has been ordered to look into the issue.
The principal of higher secondary school, Jangalwar, will conduct the inquiry. She has been asked to submit her report along with specific comments and recommendations in the matter within a week’s time.
“On MDM scheme, we follow a ‘no tolerance policy’ and those involved in feeding wrong information will be taken to task,” Chouhan said.
Local residents said that more than 1,000 below-poverty line students were made to suffer due to the alleged corrupt practices of the school authorities, especially the in-charge of the MDM scheme, as not a single meal had been served in the school since March.