Cuddalore Collector A. Arun Thamburaj has suspended two staff connected to the Anganwadi centre at Sirupakkam Government High School within the district for allegedly diverting eggs meant for provide to youngsters at midday meal centres to a resort in neighbouring Kallakurichi district.
The diversion of eggs bearing the Tamil Nadu Government seal and meant for provide to midday meal centres surfaced on September 29 after a group of officers from the Department of Food Safety inspected ‘Heart Beat’ resort in Chinna Salem and located two crates of eggs. Preliminary investigations revealed that the eggs had been procured from Cuddalore district.
Subsequently, the resort was sealed.
According to sources, a group of officers from Cuddalore carried out an inquiry on the Sirupakkam Government High School and submitted their report. In the inquiry report, the group mentioned that Selvi, an Anganwadi staffer at Sirupakkam, and the mom of Aravind, a employee within the Heart Beat resort had procured the eggs with Government seal from midday meal assistant Shanthi.
Aravind had allegedly distributed the eggs to Sabari, a employee within the resort.
Official sources mentioned Shanthi and Selvi had illegally diverted the eggs. The Collector suspended the duo for violating official orders and negligence of obligation.