Chandigarh: ’ From the time when CBSE, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights and Chandigarh Commission for Protection of Child Rights (CCPCR) issued the circular regarding ban on junk food in all the city government and private schools, it seems that most of the city school are yet to follow guidelinesas the sale of junk food still continues in most of the city schools. Talking to Daily Post, most of the school heads said that they can only advise children to refrain from junk food but can’t force them to stop eating.
Commenting on the same, Gurpreet Bakshi, Principal St Kabir School said, “It is nothing legal. It’s just advisory and we have already been taking precautions in our canteens. We provide what is healthy. Rest we advise children to refrain from junk food through lectures and presentations time to time. We will try to encourage the parents also. Beyond that it is infringement of their rights and we are not authorised to do that.
” Echoing the same views, HS Mamik, Principal Vivek High School and president, Independent Schools’ Association said, “There is no law yet that bans someone to eat something. Advisory has been received from CCPCR and we have discussed the matter with our school council and then we will talk to parents of children. All we can do is suggest students and make them aware about the risk. After that it is the parents and children to decide.
We avoid chips in our canteen but rest we are providing what is in demand by children.” While, along with the private schools, commission has also asked government schools too to stop the sale of junk food in school canteens. Talking about the recent circular issued by the Commission, Raviraj Kaur, Principal GMSSS sector -37 said, “We don’t sell cold drinks in our canteen. I make sure that food provided in canteen is fresh.
Sealed food is there but we cannot ban it as it is what children like these days. I say kulchas are okay to eat and won’t mind them in my canteens.” Regional Director, CBSE, RJ Khanderao refused to comment on the issue. “We are circulating the advisory to ban the junk food with several other advices to the private and govt. schools of the region.
The schools should consider all the points. We will keep a check on the schools and for those who will not be considering the recommendations of the advisory the case would be submitted to CCPCR,” Director School Education Rupinderjit Singh Brar.
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