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MP Minister promotes fish, frog legs even as CM Chouhan says no to eggs

At a function, Kusum Mehdele said that fish diets can help combat malnutrition in children.

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Updated:June 2, 2015, 1:29 PM IST
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MP Minister promotes fish, frog legs even as CM Chouhan says no to eggs
At a function, Kusum Mehdele said that fish diets can help combat malnutrition in children.

Bhopal: While the Bharatiya Janata Party government in Madhya Pradesh has been trying to encourage vegetarianism, reports said the state Animal Husbandry Minister Kusum Mehdele has been raving about the virtues of eating frog legs and fish.

At a function, Mehdele said that fish diets can help combat malnutrition in children.

She made the comments in presence of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan who is a strict vegetarian and had even forced anganwadis to stop serving eggs.

"Not eggs, but milk will be made available to children and pregnant women at the anganwadi centres," Chouhan told a meeting of BJP workers over the weekend.

In April this year, State Women and Child Development Department Principal Secretary JN Kansotia had asked officers in Alirajpur, Mandla and Hoshangabad districts to send proposals regarding the introduction of egg curry or boiled eggs in anganwadi meals on experimental basis.

His direction came after some district officers suggested to him that since eggs are nutritious and protein-rich, they should be given to children at least twice a week to help tackle the problem of malnourishment.

In September 2010 as well, Chouhan had rejected a proposal for introduction of eggs.

"What is the need for eggs in angandwadis. As long I am the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, eggs will not be introduced. In any case, the human body is meant to consume vegetarian food, which had everything the human body

requires," he said.

(With additional information from PTI)

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