DIMAPUR, Aug 22 - The Naga Students� Federation (NSF) on Wednesday demanded that the State Vigilance Commission should expedite the ongoing investigation into the alleged irregularities and mismanagement of the midday meal scheme in Nagaland and produce a report within 30 days.
In a memorandum addressed to the State Vigilance Commissioner, the NSF stated that its members, along with the federating units, visited several government schools and found that midday meals were not being provided to the students. It alleged that the students have been deprived of their rights and benefits.
The apex student body of the State said that most schools did not provide midday meals, while many schools had only dal, compelling the school managements to sell bags of dal in order to purchase rice and other commodities to feed the students.
The NSF demanded a probe into the discrepancies in the scheme for the years 2017 and 2018. It also called for strict measures to penalise the defaulting implementing agencies.
In 2017 too, the NSF had appealed to the Government to expedite the investigation process being undertaken by the State Vigilance Commission. The federation said it had placed the case under the Department of School Education through a representation to then Chief Minister TR Zeliang on October 26 last year.