Milk, not eggs, can be served to youngsters of their mid-day meals at major training centres from September 17, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan introduced on Tuesday, in a snub to the state Woman and Child Development Minister Imarti Devi – a Jyotiraditya Scindia loyalist – who had been promising to offer eggs to defeat malnutrition since her Congress days.
“Along with other nutritious food, milk will be distributed at all the Anganwadi centres in the state. Milk, and not eggs, will be served to combat malnutrition from September 17 during Seva Saptah, which is being observed on the 70th birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” Mr Chouhan mentioned at an occasion on the state BJP headquarters on Tuesday.
The minister, who was among the many 22 Congress MLAs whose open revolt led to the collapse of the Kamal Nath authorities earlier this yr, promised final week that she is going to present eggs to these youngsters who eat the extremely nutritious meals.
“As a minister during previous Congress government, I had announced to serve eggs to children in Anganwadis. I am firm on my decision and now again I say that those who eat eggs will be given eggs and those who do not will be given fruits like banana or apple,” she had mentioned.
Imarti Devi had the identical cupboard portfolio within the earlier Congress authorities. When she had made the proposal of offering eggs, the then Leader of Opposition Gopal Bhargava – now PWD minister – had mentioned youngsters may flip into cannibals later of their lives in the event that they have been fed eggs since their childhood.
Her “eggs” comment had precipitated rumblings inside the state BJP.
All the BJP leaders who had switched sides are anticipated to be fielded as candidates within the upcoming meeting bypolls.
According to authorities knowledge, 54 per cent of kids in Madhya Pradesh within the 1-Four years age group are anemic and 13 per cent are pre-diabetic. 43 per cent youngsters beneath the age of 5 are underweight.