Mid- day-meal scheme improves enrolment of poor students in Kathua

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Kathua (J-K), June 7 (ANI): Thousands of students of impoverished families in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua District are being benefited by the government sponsored mid-day meal scheme.

Under 'Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan' programme, schools have achieved success in enrolment for the mid- day-meal scheme.

"Now we get food here, it feels good, earlier very less students used to come to the school but now with the implementation of the mid day meal students are coming," Rano Begum, a student.

Kathua district has 1381 government schools where mid day meal is being provided to the students of class 1to 8.

The government has also approved the purchase of cooking gas, utensils and crockery to implement the scheme.

" Because of the implementation of the mid day meal, number of students has increased by 40 percent," said K.K Gupta, Chief Education Officer, Kathua.

The people of remote areas are happy with the schemes and students are also showing interest in studies.

The government is now providing free books, school uniforms and scholarships to the schedule caste, schedule tribe and other backward class students. (ANI)

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