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Supplementary nutritious food: Current system to continue

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BHOPAL: The present system of supply of supplementary nutritious food to aanganwadis in the state will continue. The woman and child development department will be put up a proposal to this effect before the cabinet for approval. Presently, the department is sourcing the supplies from State Agro Industries Development Corporation, which had formed joint ventures with private companies for the purpose. The contract between the department and the corporation has expired on March 31.

A proposal has been prepared to allow the existing system to continue till a new system is put in place. The proposal will be put up before the cabinet at its meeting on April 25. The HC has stayed the government’s decision to switch to a new system on a plea by the suppliers. The proposal says the court has been requested to vacate the stay. Even after vacation of the stay, the proposal says, it will take time to implement the new system as fresh tenders will have to be floated. Hence, the proposal argues, there is no alternative except continuing with the current system.

The department has already apprised chief secretary BP Singh of its decision and now it is sought to be got approved by the cabinet. CM Chouhan had announced that the present system would be scrapped and the supplies would be sourced from SHGs. A committee was also formed to decide the modalities of the switchover, which had decided to do away with the existing system from March 31. The committee had decided to make interim arrangements from January 1, 2017 till the end of the fiscal year. The companies which had formed joint ventures with State Agro Corporation had moved the HC against this decision and they managed to get a stay from the court. The government has moved a petition seeking vacation of the stay. If the HC does not give a favourable decision, the government will file an appeal in the Supreme Court.