JAMMU: As the implementation of centrally sponsored Mid Day Meal Scheme (MDMS) in Jammu and Kashmir schools has been found unsatisfactory by the Union Ministry of Human Resources Development, the Centre is mulling to adopt Chandigarh pattern in the State.
In Chandigarh, the mid-day meals are being cooked in the local jail under Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) and supplied to schools for covering the targeted segment of students. Owing to its success, the HRD ministry has taken up the issue with various states, including Jammu and Kashmir, urging to explore the possibility of involving jail inmates for cooking the meals.
“This initiative may have twin benefits of additional income for the prisoners as well as enhancing their skills through capacity building and this may be also useful for their rehabilitation,” the Union HRD letter to the State suggests. The Department of School Education and Literacy of the HRD ministry in a communiqué to the J&K Government has sought suggestions over the proposal. Accordingly, Director (Planning) School Education Javid Iqbal Matoo has sought views and comments from the Director General of Prisons for supply of mid-day meals from jails in Jammu and Kashmir enabling them to inform the Ministry of Human Resources Department.