Udupi, Sep 02: The protest was organized by students led by Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in front of Clock tower on September 02, Monday against the poor quality of food served at the backward classes and minority communities’ girls’ hostel, run by the government at Bannanje.
It is alleged that in spite of official’s strict instruction for provision of good food, the cook does not bother it and provides stale food.
“Many students including Roopa, Sushmitha, Nagashree and others have been hospitalized due to food poisoning. Many have gone back home and a few are still struggling to cope with the poor quality of food,” they claimed.
The students demanded nutritious food and said that despite repeated requests for boiled rice, the hostel management has been providing white rice which is at times half boiled or boiled too much. “It is impossible for the hostel inmates to have such food,” they complained.
“Day after day, the number of hostel inmates being admitted to the government hospital in Ajjarkad is increasing drastically. Officials have failed to look into the matter,” they said.
The hostel accommodates nearly 160 women students from tenth standard onwards and they are found to have been suffering from vomiting and dysentery one after another. They have blamed the unhygienic and inferior quality of food in the hostel for it.
Students who protested with unison with ABVP complained that the hostel warden is indifferent to the situation. The rice that is being used to cook is said to be of inferior quality and unfit for human consumption. “Several students are suffering due to the negligence of the cooks. Though such things happen during examinations too, the people concerned have failed to act,” they lamented.
The students submitted a memorandum in this regard to Sheshappa, hostel warden, DC M T Reju, and Rajendra Bekal, officer, women and child welfare department.