VIJAYAWADA: Exposing the callousness of the temple authorities in maintaining hygiene in the kitchen , nearly 50,000 laddus were found to be filled with insects at Kanakadurga temple in Vijayawada on Sunday.
The incident created a furore among devotees.On the second day of the Dasara festivities, insects were found in the laddus at the prasadam potu (kitchen) building which is in a dilapidated condition. The laddus were kept for drying after they were prepared on Saturday night. However, the staff discovered insects in the laddus when they came to pack them. Later, they informed the higher authorities.
The food inspection authorities said that hygiene and cleanliness were completely ignored inside the building where the laddus were stored. Ironically, the temple officials were aware of the building condition and even claimed that they were making alternative arrangements shortly after the Dasara festivities.
“We will inspect the samples and initiate necessary action accordingly,” said A Sundara Rami Reddy, food inspector of Vijayawada region.
Meanwhile, the incident has triggered differences among the newly-constituted temple trust board members and executive officer A Surya Kumari. “It was complete failure and negligence of the executive officer. She has to ensure food safety measures,” Duggempudi Rambabu, a board member, told Express. More board members accused Surya Kumari of sidelining them with regard to the Dasara arrangements.
According to a press release, Surya Kumari clarified that the process of laddu making was being taken up in very safe and hygiene conditions. She blamed the recent rains and shortage of staff for the incident