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Lessons in safe midday meal

The state’s midday meal brigade will learn to dish out safe, hygienic food to government school students at workshops starting from Thursday.

The state HRD department, under the aegis of the central government, will be hosting the daylong training programmes for a total of 150 people in three districts — Ranchi, Khunti and Ramgarh.

The training will start from Ranchi on Thursday followed by Khunti on September 27 and Ramgarh on September 28. At each place, 35 cooks, five each midday meal coordinators, block education extension officers and block resource persons will attend the workshop on “Tasty Nutritious and Hygienic Food”.

The Union HRD ministry has roped in Akshaya Patra Foundation, which serves midday meal to 10,050 schools across the country while maintaining rigorous hygiene, to conduct the training.

The module will focus on methods of cooking nutritious food and value of ingredients besides generating awareness about malnutrition, precautions, methods of serving food and importance of washing hands. Each participant will be provided a kit comprising apron, towels, gloves, soaps, nail clippers, headscarves and utensil holders.

“It is a central government programme that was introduced in the wake of the Bihar midday tragedy. The main objective is to make cooks aware of the best hygiene practices so that such incidents never recur,” said director of state primary education Mamta.