Mid Day Meal Scheme
Nov 08, 2013
With the twin objectives of improving health and education of the poor children, India has embarked upon an ambitious scheme of providing mid day meals (MDM) in the government and government-assisted primary schools. The Mid Day Meal is the world’s largest school feeding programme reaching out to about 12 crore children in over 12.65 lakh schools/EGS centres across the country.
Who are eligible for Mid Day meal?
Children studying in Primary and Upper Primary Classes in Government, Govt. Aided, Local Body, EGS and AIE Centres, Madarsa and Maqtabs supported under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and NCLP Schools run by Ministry of Labour are eligible for Mid Day Meal.
What are the provisions in MDM scheme?
Free supply of food grains @ 100 grams per child per school day at Primary and @ 150 grams per child per school day at Upper Primary.
Subsidy for transportation of food grains is provided to 11 special category states at PDS rate prevalent in these states and up to a maximum of Rs.75.00 per quintal for other than special categories States/UTs
In addition to foodgrains, a mid day meal involves major input, viz.,cost of cooking.
The cost of construction of Kitchen-cum-store is determined on the basis of State Schedule of Rates and the plinth area norm laid down by the Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India depending on the number of children studying in schools.
What are the benefits of MDM scheme to children?
Mid Day meal benefits school going children by:-
Contributing to improvement in their nutritional status;
Encouraging poor children, belonging to disadvantaged sections, to attend school more regularly and helping them concentrate on classroom activities.
Providing nutritional support to children of primary stage in drought-affected areas during summer vacation.
What is the monitoring mechanism for the MDM scheme?
The Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development has prescribed a comprehensive and elaborate mechanism for monitoring and supervision of the Mid Day Meal Scheme. The monitoring mechanism includes the following:
A) Representatives of Gram Panchayats/Gram Sabhas, as well as Mothers' Committees are required to monitor the (i) regularity and wholesomeness of the mid day meal served to children, (ii) cleanliness in cooking and serving of the mid day meal, (iii) timeliness in procurement of good quality ingredients, fuel, etc. (iv) implementation of varied menu and (v) social and gender equity. This is required to be done on a daily basis.
B) In order to ensure that there is transparency and accountability, all schools and centres where the programme is being implemented are required to display information suo-moto. This includes information on:
Quality of foodgrains received, date of receipt.
Quantity of foodgrains utilized.
Other ingredients purchased, utilized
Number of children given mid day meal.
Roster of Community Members involved in the programme.
C) Officers of the State Government/UTs belonging to the Departments of Revenue, Rural Development, Education and other related sectors, such as Women and Child Development, Food, Health are also required to inspect schools and centres where the programme is being implemented.
D) The FCI is responsible for the continuous availability of adequate food grains in its Depots. It allows lifting of food grains for any month/quarter up to one month in advance so that supply chain of food grains remains uninterrupted. The District Collector/CEO of Zila Panchayat ensures that food grains of at least Fair Average Quality are issued by FCI.
Mid Day Meal Scheme
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Midday meal scheme is a multi-faceted programmeof the Government of India that, among other things, seeks to address issues of food security, lack of nutrition and access to education on a pan nation scale .It involves provision for free lunch on working days for children in Primary and Upper Primary Classes in Government , Govt. Aided, Local Body, Education Guarantee Scheme (EGS) and Alternate Innovative Education (AIE) Centres, Madarsa and Maqtabs supported under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and National Child Labour Project (NCLP) Schools run by Ministry of Labour .The primary objective of the scheme is to provide hot cooked meal to children of primary and upper primary classes. According to the government, it is the world’s largest…show more content…
Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) girls were to be covered under this programme.In 1983, the Department of Education of Government of In, prepared a scheme as per the guidelines of the World Food Programme (WFP).The scheme was to cover 13.6 million SC girls and 10.09 million ST girls in classes I-V in 15 states and three union territories, where the enrolment of SC and ST girls was less than 79 percent .In monetary terms, the total annual cost of commodity assistance was $163.27 M. The other cost, such as transportation, handling, cooking, etc., were to be borne by the State Governments.The proposal when circulated among states and union territories met mixed results. Many States were willing to implement the programme. However, some States expressed certain difficulties. Rajasthan felt concerned that if WFP assistance were withdrawn, the state would not be able to continue the programme on its own and Uttar Pradesh felt that it would not be practicable to have mid-day meals only for SC and ST children. National Programme of Nutrition Support to Primary Education The Government of India