13.26 lakh children provided mid-day meal in J

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Srinagar, May 16 (UNI) As many as 13.26 lakh children were being provided mid-day meal in the Jammu and Kashmir where 92 per cent teachers' presence has been recorded in schools.

Ten projects have been taken up in private-public partnership in education sector, Member Planning Commission Dr Bhalchandra Mungekar was told at a high level meeting of various departments including School, Higher and Technical Education, Youth Services and Sports, Labour and Employment, Social Justice, Minority Affairs and Cultural.

Dr Mungekar was informed that 29 trades were available in the existing Industrial Training Institutes(ITI) and government was contemplating for introducing 22 more trades in the technical institutions.

The meeting was informed that 501 cases for employment were registered and Rs 76.1 crore assistance had been provided in 2006-08 under the employment scheme.

Moreover, 85 trade unions were registered comprising 560 members, 8392 inspections were conducted and 60 prosecutions initiated.

Under the ESI schemes, 35891 people were registered and 2124 cases were registered under J&K Self Employment Scheme, providing Rs 39.87 crore financial assistance.

Rs 70.80 crore were disbursed under Self Help Group Schemes.

Dr Mungekar addressing the meeting said the central government was pondering over establishing separate financial institutions for the development of the minority communities in the State.

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