A shocking incident has come to light, where a toilet at an Anganwadi center in the Shivpuri district of Madhya Pradesh is being used to prepare Midday meal for children. In response to the entire incident, Madhya Pradesh Minister Imarti Devi has said there is ‘no problem’ in cooking food inside a toilet if a partition exists between the toilet-seat and stove.
The Minister has been quoted in an ANI report saying, “You should understand that a partition exists there, these days even in our homes we have attached latrine-bathroom. What if our relatives refuse to eat in our house saying that we have attached latrine-bathroom? Utensils can be kept on the bathroom seat. We keep utensils in our houses also. The pot is unused and is filled with gravel.”
Reportedly, the toilet at the Anganwadi center has been converted into a full-fledged kitchen which has been provided with both LPG cylinder and earthen stove for preparing the midday meal for children. Some cooking utensils were also found to be placed over the toilet seat.
Contrary to the Ministers claim, earlier this month, in a case of food poisoning after consuming mid-day meal, fifty children fell ill at a government school in Madhya Pradesh’s Damoh district besides several others reported from across the country.