New Delhi : A demand was made in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday to launch a national sample survey to assess the scourge of untouchability in the midday meal scheme and initiate steps to stop it.

Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Bhalchandra Mungekar (Cong) said, “Untouchability is a very serious issue. Caste system has destroyed lives of millions. Its practice is rampant and it’s shameful in our country. SC/ST Commission has said practice of untouchability is there in midday scheme in the coastal areas in Odisha.”

Mungekar said, “It is observed that some teachers are sowing the seeds of untouchability in Odisha…Such teachers should be punished.”

He demanded a national sample survey to assess the magnitude of the problem and initiate corrective steps. The Congress member said the objective behind the midday meal scheme, besides sharing nutritious meal, is social integrity.

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