K M Dayashankar
KARIMNAGAR: Telangana state commission for protection of child rights chairman J Srinivas Rao has expressed his ire against the government teachers for not making any alternate arrangements for providing mid-day meals to the students of some of the government schools following the indefinite strike launched the midday meal workers.
The commission chairman along with its member Anumandla Shoba Rani toured various parts of Choppadandi and Karimnagar town on Wednesday. They visited the Anganwadi centres, a primary school in Rukmapur and the Residential school in Choppadandi mandal where food poisoning took place recently. They also visited the Bala sadan (children’s home) and inquired about the facilities provided to the orphan children.
After noticing the school children coming with lunch boxes Rukmapur, the Chairman had expressed his ire against the teachers for not taking any alternate measures when the midday meal workers were on strike demanding an increase in their wages. When he inquired with them, the teachers said that they had not received any concrete orders from the DEO.
Irked over the reply, Mr Srinivas Rao called the DEO and found that he had issued clear instructions for the headmasters and MEOs to take alternate measures till the completion of the strike by the midday meal workers and provide midday meals to all the students without fail. However, the teachers were lethargic in discharging their duties and warned them to mend their ways, he stated.
Instructing the authorities concerned to take adequate measures to provide all facilities to the children, the chairman informed the authorities to check food poisoning cases in the schools and hostels and protect the health of children by providing quality food. He also conducted review meetings with the line departments on the occasion.
Collector RV Karnan explained the services provided for safety and security through child helpline services number 1098. He also expressed concern over the children being addicted to electronic gadgets following the outbreak of deadly viruses and conduct of online classes. CWC chairman Dhanalaxmi, District welfare officer Padmavathi, DMHO Dr Juveria, DEO Janardhan Rao, DD (social welfare) Nataneol, ACP Madan Lal, CDPO K Sabitha and others were also present.