PUNJAB STATE FOOD COMMISSION CONTEMPLATES TO GET MID DAY MEAL PREPARED BY INMATES
CHANDIGARH, JULY 23 : With a view to providing nutritious food to the school students under Mid Day Meal, Chairman, Punjab State Food Commission held a meeting with Principal Secretary, Jails. This meeting was held in pursuance of a decision taken by Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) to use food cooked in Jails for Mid Day Meal.
Disclosing this here today Chairman Punjab State Food Commission DP Reddy said that it was under consideration to supply fresh and nutritious food prepared by inmates lodged in Jails of Punjab to school children under MDM scheme. The Chairman said that this proposal would not only generate new employment opportunities for jail inmates but also make it possible to supervise the quality of mid day meals from a single place. He also directed the Principal Secretary Jails, Kirpa Shankar Saroj, present in the meeting, to thoroughly evaluate the pros and cons of this proposal and apprise the Commission accordingly.
It is pertinent to mention here that mid day meals is being provided to the students up to class VIII in Government and aided Schools of the State and this Scheme is being run by the State Govt. on 60:40 funding with Union Government.
Principal Secretary Jails assured to get the matter examined in the Jail Department. He assured to revert to the Commission after examining the pros & cons of the proposal at an early date.