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 .[1]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.[2] 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.[15]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[14]. 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 Rajasthan felt concerned that if WFP assistance were withdrawn, the state would not be able to continue the programme on its own and Uttar Pradesh felt that it would not be practicable to have mid-day meals only for SC and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[1]. National Programme of Nutrition Support to Primary Education[edit] The Government of India
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