Indian govt to launch program to impart training to cooks on nutritive values of mid-day meals

New Delhi/August 19
Keeping in mind the recent incidents of children falling ill after eating meals under Mid-Day Meal scheme, Indian government on Monday announced to provide training to cook-cum-helpers regarding caloric and nutritive values of mid-day meals.
The Minister of State (MoS) for Human Resource Development, Shashi Tharoor said that the Tourism Ministry on the request of Ministry of Human Resource Development has agreed to provide training to selected cook-cum-helpers as master trainers.
“This training will be provided through the Hotel Management Institute and the Food Craft Institute (FCIs) that are run by Indian Tourism ministry,” Tharoor said, adding that a ten day full-time course will be organized that covers the methods of cooking for retaining the nutritional value of cooking ingredients; awareness regarding the issues of malnutrition and also the benchmarking of nutrition levels; the importance of regular washing of hands; general health and hygienic practices and concerns; and communication skills.
Tharoor added that the preparation of a hygienic and wholesome meal depends on the knowledge and skills of the cook-cum-helper. “Therefore the process of training has started and a group of 30 cooks will be given training in each of the 26 Institutes. Further, the state governments and UT Administrations have been requested to nominate 30 cooks-cum -helpers from their States for each Institute,” Tharoor added.