Pratyusha’s for­mer boyfriend booked for mo­lest­ing 21-year-old Ready-to-eat over hot meals for an­gan­wadis?

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Jayprakash S Naidu jayprakash.naidu@hin­dus­tan­times.com Ke­taki Ghoge ke­taki.ghoge@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Am­boli po­lice booked Rahul Raj Singh, for­mer boyfriend of late tele­vi­sion ac­tress Pratyusha Ban­er­jee, for al­legedly mo­lest­ing an as­pir­ing ac­tress, 21, and as­sault­ing her male friend out­side a restau­rant in And­heri (West) early on Mon­day. A woman who was ac­com­pa­ny­ing Singh has also filed a cross com­plaint.

Ear­lier this year, the Ban­gur Na­gar po­lice had ar­rested Rahul for al­legedly abet­ting Pratyusha’s sui­cide, who is said to have taken the ex­treme step in an ine­bri­ated con­di­tion onApril 1 af­ter a fight with him. He is cur­rently out on bail in the case. Mum­bai po­lice spokesper­son DCP Ashok Dudhe con­firmed the reg­is­tra­tion of an FIR against Singh. Ac­cord­ing to Dudhe, the in­ci­dent took place at Bora Bora restau­rant where Rahul was hav­ing din­ner with a woman friend.

Close on the heels of the con­tro­versy over Take Home Ra­tion (THR) ten­ders worth Rs6,300 crore, the women and child de­vel­op­ment depart­ment led by minister Pankaja Munde is look­ing to change the con­cept of hot-cooked meals pro­vided un­der the Cen­tre’s In­te­grated Child De­vel­op­ment Scheme (ICDS) for chil­dren un­der 6 years of age with ready-to-eat pre­mixed food pack­ets.

This means in­stead of ‘khichdi’, a mix­ture of dal and rice pre­pared fresh by vil­lage com­mu­ni­ties or self-help groups, an­gan­wadis — gov­ern­ment run child care cen­tres — will be pro­vided with ready-toeat pack­ets for the chil­dren.

The pro­posal is await­ing a nod from CM Deven­dra Fad­navis. CMO sources said it is be­ing ex­am­ined and has not yet been cleared. If it is cleared, the state may run foul of apex court or­ders that re­it­er­ated chil­dren un­der six should be served hot meals made by vil­lage com­mu­ni­ties or self-help groups.

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