THE HINDU | ANURADHA RAMAN | SEPTEMBER 22 2015

Maneka Gandhi’s letter to Pankaja Munde has thrown the doors open to the entry of private manufacturers in supplementary nutrition scheme.
Maneka Gandhi’s letter to Pankaja Munde has thrown the doors open to the entry of private manufacturers in supplementary nutrition scheme. / Picture from THE HINDU

Supreme Court Commissioners, appointed to monitor the implementation of food schemes, say both are posing a problem for the government.

Two months back, The Hindu had reported on the ongoing flip-flop by the Ministry on the issue. On September 3, 2015, Ms. Gandhi wrote to Maharashtra Minister Pankaja Munde, who has been in the news for awarding questionable contracts worth crores to private chikki manufacturers, drawing her attention to the need to maintain quality in food served to infants and pregnant and nursing mothers under the government’s supplementary nutrition scheme. Ms Gandhi’s letter, many food security activists apprehend, may actually allow Ms. Munde to continue awarding contracts to private manufacturers, whose involvement the Supreme Court has strictly prohibited.

Ms. Gandhi’s letter to Ms Munde, states: “My attention has been drawn to the letter dated 9-7-2015 wherein Government of Maharashtra has sought advice of Central Government for use of extrusion technology for preparation of take home rations under the ICDS scheme… The Ministry of WCD has made it absolutely clear that the directions of the Honourable SC regarding quality and hygiene…continue reading

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