JK Govt to monitor Midday Meals
Jammu, July 20: In the aftermath of death of many children after consumption of Midday Meal in Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir Education department is contemplating to constitute a team of experts to monitor the scheme in the state.
Highly placed sources in the Education department said that a team comprising of doctors and experts from the department will be constituted soon. They said the team would regularly visit different centers to examine quality of food being served to the children.
They said that the team would in the first phase monitor centers in Jammu district followed by other district of the state.
Officials said as per the prevalent practice, the head of the institution checks the food before it is served to the children. “The Panchayat members are also actively involved in the procurement process of various food items”, they said.
Chief Education Officer (CEO), Jammu, Natha Ram Dingra confirmed that a high level team of experts will be constituted to ensure that quality food is served to the children.
Pertinently the Mid Day Meal Scheme was launched in the state on September 1, 2004, with an initial coverage of about one lakh children. Coverage under the scheme increased gradually and all children enrolled in classes I – V, including children in EGS centers, were covered from April 01, 2005.
Initially, cooked Mid Day Meal with 300 calories and 8-12 grams of protein content was served to children. However, the menu was revised from November 1, 2006 in Kashmir region and from December 1, 2006, in Jammu Region to provide for a minimum of 450 calories and 12 grams of protein.
The scheme was aimed at increasing the falling strength of the government schools and providing the students nourishing food. Though it has helped in the retention of students in the government schools but its poor implementation as well as reports of sub standard food has off late resulted in disenchantment of the students from the schools.
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