Responding to remarks made by Minister for Social Welfare and Women Empowerment, Geetha Jeevan, regarding complaints of rotten eggs being supplied to school students, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state president K Annamalai today (15 November) stated that the reason mentioned by her as to why these eggs were contaminated seemed to have been straight from a comedy movie and defied logic.
In a post on X (formerly Twitter), he wrote, "On behalf of @BJP4TamilNadu, we thank Minister Tmt Geetha Jeevan for taking appropriate steps to ensure rotten/stale eggs are not served to school children.
"However, her reason as to why these eggs were contaminated seems to be drawn straight from a comedy movie & defies logic!"
According to a report by The Hindu, over 2000 eggs supplied in Modakkurichi and Kodumudi blocks of Erode district were found rotten earlier this month.
As per the English subtitles in a video clip of the minister's remarks, shared by Annamalai in his post, she said, "A controversy aroused recently (on stale eggs supplied to school children. TN BJP president and the party raised the issue. The District Collector himself asked to replace all the 95000 eggs. The suppliers have been sent with show cause notices. The eggs were then subjected to test by the food safety department.
"Eggs are supplied every 3 days in a week. It is done on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays or Fridays. We mark them with three different colours to ensure old eggs are not used. This is being followed since 2006. Black ink mark was used on the said day.
"The mark bears the seal of the TN government on all the eggs. There was heavy rain and the vehicle had come without tarpaulin. The eggs drenched in rain and the black ink oozed into the eggs. The same was reported by the food security department too. Few are trying to find faults with everything. We are providing quality boiled eggs to the students."
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