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West Bengal: TMC leaders accused of stealing 5000 eggs and serving children only rice and salt for mid-day meals

The Mid-Day Meal scandal is the latest charge of corruption to hit the Trinamool Congress

BJP MP from Hooghly, Locket Chatterjee, paid a surprise visit to the Chinsurah Balika Bani Mandir high school in the district on Monday where she discovered that children were being fed only rice and salt in mid-day meals. She alleged that the funds allocated for the scheme were being misappropriated by local Trinamool leaders.

Chatterjee said, “I had been informed about the corruption at the school by the managing committee before the Lok Sabha polls. Today, I conducted a surprise visit to the school and found out that girls are having just boiled rice and salt for midday meals. I have reports of malpractices at the school. I have come to know that 5,000 eggs were bought with Rs 25,000 earlier but the students have been given only rice and salt.” She also added, “About 257kg of rice that was stocked at the school disappeared. I want to know which leader or minister grabbed it”.

Commenting on the incident, West Bengal Education Minister, Partha Chatterjee, who was recently summoned by the CBI in connection with the Saradha Chit Fund Scam, stated, “The government will never tolerate this. Those responsible for serving this kind of food to children will face action. We will conduct a probe. Issues like these remain above politics. I request the MP to ensure that the Centre clears midday meal funds on time.”

The Mid-Day Meal scandal is the latest charge of corruption to hit the Trinamool Congress. Recently, the West Bengal government was hit by the ‘Cut Money’ scandal after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee accepted that party leaders were charging a commission from the public to implement government schemes.

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