SHRC seeks report on pulses scam in 10 days

Bhubaneswar: Asking the state government to immediately stop supply of substandard pulses under mid-day meal and supplimentary nutrition programme, Orissa State Human Rights Commission (OSHRC) on Tuesday sought a detailed report on irregularities within 10 days.

The rights panel`s direction to the secretary of Women and Child Development department came following a petition filed by the state unit of BJP.

"The commission has directed the state government to immediately stop supply of rotten and infected dal under MDM and SNP as it affects rights to health of beneficiaries," said Justice R K Patra, the chairperson of OSHRC.

The factual report would include details on the supply of dal to schools and anganwadi centres where children and pregnant women were being fed rotten and infected pulses under MDM and SNP.

The commission, however, did not give any remark on the BJP`s request for investigating the alleged scam.

Meanwhile, opposition Congress and BJP demanded stringent action and criminal proceedings against all those involved in the scam.