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Punjab mulls supplying food made by jail inmates to students under mid-day meal

Punjab mulls supplying food made by jail inmates to students under mid-day meal

Chandigarh, Jul 23 (PTI) The Punjab government is mulling to supply food prepared by jail inmates to school students under the mid-day meal scheme.A meeting in this regard was held by Punjab State Food Commission chairman D P Reddy with the principal secretary (Jails) here on Tuesday.The meeting was held in pursuance of a decision taken by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) to use food cooked in jails for mid-day meals, an official statement said.Reddy said a proposal to supply fresh and nutritious food prepared by inmates lodged in various jails of the state to school children under mid-day meal scheme is under consideration. "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 said.The official also directed Principal Secretary (Jails) Kirpa Shankar Saroj to thoroughly evaluate the pros and cons of such a proposal and apprise the Commission accordingly.Saroj assured to get the matter examined by the Jail Department. Notably, mid-day meals are being provided to students up to class 8th in government and aided schools of the state. PTI SUN SRY