Bengaluru shamed again! BBMP pourakarmikas fed stale food, ISKCON blamed
- 40 city-cleaners of Dharmaraya Swamy Temple ward were fed rotten bisi bele bath.
- BBMP mayor has now blamed ISKCON authorities.
- Opposition leaders but have blamed the BBMP engineers and health inspectors.
The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagar Palike, which has been patting its back, over claims of its so-called achievement of feeding hot meals to his pourakarmikas, is found have been giving them stale food.
Asianet Newsable has learnt that most recently some 40 city-cleaners of Dharmaraya Swamy Temple ward were fed rotten bisi bele bath and rice.
The BBMP Corporator of the ward Prathiba Dhanraj who received the complaints of supply of stale food to pourakarmikas of her Ward said this is not the first time such an incident has happened.
"There have been several such incidences, where even rice and sambar served to the pourakarmikas was found to have been stale and of horrible quality.
"This programme of serving hot meals to conservancy workers was decided by Congress government, but the programme will be flayed if such cheap quality meals is being served," said Dhanraj.
The opposition leaders have blamed the BBMP engineers and health inspectors for failing to check the supply of quality food.
Mayor Padmavathi who said, she has heard of similar incident, has now asked the health department of the BBMP to check and also warn the contractors who supply mid-day meals.
"This is a very unfortunate incident. We had summoned the ISKCON authorities as they had supplied the food.
"In their reply, they say it was the mistake of the driver who failed to remove the previous day's container. Only one such container was sent by mistake. The ISKCON is very strict and checks before sending meals. This is one stray incident, and they have said it will not be repeated," said Padmavathi.
Meanwhile, the BBMP engineers and health inspectors in all the 198 wards have been given standing instructions by the Mayor to be present at ward office during the lunch time and report immediately if stale food is served to the workers.