The report prepared by Cept University on the prevalance of untouchability in Gujarat recommends that the state government extend its midday meal scheme to the higher secondary level and build more primary schools and anganwadis in remote areas, so students eating together changes societal attitudes.
The recommendations submitted to the government, were tabled in the legislative assembly, in the ongoing monsoon session in response to a question by Congress MLA Shailesh Parmar. Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Ishwar Parmar, in the written reply stated that the report was submitted in 2013 after a survey of 1,500 villages.
The report noted the midday meal scheme, currently in force till the primary level, helps foster social harmony as students of all castes eat together. It recommended that the scheme be extended for to the higher secondary level.
The report stated that anganwadis (child care centres) and the midday meal scheme are instrumental in establishing interaction between various social groups. The report also emphasized improving the quality of education and noted that many teachers were unable to give their best as they were given non-teaching tasks by the government.