'Puris' have been banned with immediate effect in mid-day meals served in schools across Uttar Pradesh.
This follows a preliminary study that revealed that the bulk of the 600-odd children who fell ill in the current academic session had consumed 'puris' during their mid-day meals in government-run primary schools in the state.
"The bulk of the cases occurred after consumption of meals on Thursdays when 'puris' are served as a matter of routine. We have reasons to suspect that the cooking medium used for making 'puris' was sub-standard. As such we have banned 'puris' with immediate effect," Uttar Pradesh principal secretary for basic education Rohit Nandan told IANS.
Nearly 23 million children are covered under the daily mid-day meal scheme in the state.
While taking note of recurrence of illness among children after consumption of mid-day meal in the Uttar Pradesh schools, Chief Minister Mayawati shot off a letter a week ago to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh suggesting drastic changes in the entire mid-day meal exercise carried out by the central government.