Indian school kids awaiting midday meal, and watery milk.
A surprise, sunrise inspection of a food preparation facility servicing 11,000 school children in India’s Uttar Pradesh province found 292 liters (308.5 quarts) of water in just 192 liters (202.8 quarts) of milk.
Radha Krishan Tivari, assistant director in the basic education department who held the surprise inspection, told The Times of India that schoolchildren were drinking milk that was more than 150 per cent water.
“We were simply stunned,” he told the paper last Thursday. “The visit to the kitchen of Nav Prayas, an NGO [non-government organization] we hired to supply milk and midday meals, left one dismayed.” He said the NGO supplies food to 131 schools, including 107 primary and 27 higher primary government schools.
He said that one student, speaking anonymously, said that many kids are unable to eat the food “as the quality is so bad.”
A report on the surprise inspection will be forwarded up the government chain, and the NGO will not be receiving payments for at least two recent months.