Pak Army starts free distribution of boiled eggs and bread to
CHITRAL: The free distribution of boiled eggs and oiled
bread to the school children by Pak Army on daily basis has
drastically reduced the trend of absenteeism of the students in the
government-run primary school of Gahirat, a backward village of
The head teacher of the school, Shafiqur Rahman told Chitral Times
that there were more than 250 students enrolled in the school who
got a boiled egg and an oiled bread a day on
behalf of Pak Army which was ordered last month by General Officer
Commanding (GOC) of Pak Army Swat Division, Major General Ali Aamer
Awan during his visit to the school.
Narrating the reason of starting the nutrition package to the
students, he said that the GOC was on his visit to the school last
month when some of the children standing in queue fell down
apparently due to ill-health caused by malnutrition and it moved
him to announce it on the spot.
He said that the students attended with more zest and enthusiasm
than before and the attendance rate has greatly increased in the
school where girls are enrolled due to the unavailability of girls
school for them in the village.
He added that established in 1969, the school had only three rooms
with a shortage of two classrooms and it was the GOC who ordered
the construction of two class rooms which were erected within a
short span of two weeks.
Muskan Bibi, a student of class 4 in the school, expressed her
delight to receive an egg and bread every day in the school and
said how her fellow students relished it.
Present on the occasion, Lieutenant colonel Adnan Shafiq said that
to overcome the issue of malnutrition among the school going
students in the far-flung villages, the GOC has approved a
nutrition package costing Rs. 4.5 million which will last for three
He said that more than 3000 students will be benefitted from the
package in the villages of Baroghil, Yarkhun Lusht, Pawer, Damil,
Arandu, Arandu Gol, Gobor, Begusht, Jinjirat Koh and all the three
Kalash valleys Bumburate, Birir and Rumbur.
He said that poverty and indigence was on rampage in the villages
where children faced the issue of malnutrition adversely affecting
both their physical and mental health and it was due to the reason
that Pak Army decided the package with the help of Chitral Scouts
in distribution process.
Later on, he distributed the nutrition package among the students.