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Bishalgarh English Medium: Show cause notices to four teachers  over unfit mid-day meal

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By  TC News Desk

Agartala: July 26. The Bishalgarh sub-divisional administration has served show cause notices to four teachers including principal of Bishalgarh English Medium School after the officials have found mid-day meal condition in deplorable state and unfit for consumption due to being kept on the damp floor, leading to the infestation of various insects.

Today the administrative officers visited the school and said that the rice was not kept well in the school. Again the teachers said that this problem is because there is no space.

In a shocking revelation, Bishalgarh English Medium School’s mid-day meal has caused an uproar among students and parents. On Monday afternoon, black insects, including dead cockroaches, were discovered in the khichuri served to the students, leaving everyone from students to teachers in dismay.

Swift action was taken by authorities as Sub-Divisional Magistrate Binay Bhushan Das, School Education Officer Malay Bhowmik, and Bishalgarh Municipal Council Chairman Anjan Purkayastha visited the school after hearing the distressing news. Sub-Divisional Magistrate Binay Bhushan Das and District Education Officer Malay Bhowmick held discussions with the teachers responsible for the mid-day meal and sent a condolence notice to the headmaster.

Concerned about the quality of rice used in the meal, a delegation led by DCM Prasenjit Das visited the school to inspect the situation. The delegation, which included Food Department Officer Bijay Kumar Das, Food Department Deputy Director Moushumi Chakraborty, Food Safety Officer Rahul Saha, and Food Technical Expert Manju Singh Kali, discovered a shocking revelation. Approximately 170 sacks of rice were found to be in a deplorable state, unfit for consumption due to being kept on the damp floor, leading to the infestation of various insects.

DCM Prasenjit Das expressed his disappointment, emphasizing the sanctity of the school and likening it to a temple for thousands of students. He stated that such substandard food should not be served to the children. The collected rice samples have been sent for testing to Agartala, and appropriate legal action will be taken based on the report received after seven days.

In addition to the mid-day meal crisis, there is also growing anger among students and parents about the deplorable state of the school’s infrastructure. With abandoned rice lying until May, the school’s lack of proper storage facilities has led to further deterioration of the food quality.

The school’s administration faces condemnation, and several teachers, including the head teacher, have received condolence notices in response to the inspection findings.

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