Delhi Govt Will Provide Dry Ration to Students Under Mid-Day Meal Scheme For 6 Months.
Ministry: Implemented by the Ministry of Human Resource Development(now called Education Ministry)
- The Department of Food and Public Distribution allocates foodgrains under Mid-Day-Meal Scheme to the Ministry of Human Resource Development for the country as a whole.
Evolution Of Mid-Day Meal
- On August 15, 1995, the government launched the National Programme of Nutritional Support to Primary Education (NSPE) which is popularly known as mid-day meal (MDM).
- The scheme was launched in 2,408 blocks across the country for providing one meal per day to students in primary school (Class I to V).
- It was later made universal by extending the coverage to all government and government-aided schools in 2001’
- The scope of the scheme was further extended to cover the students of Upper Primary (Class VI to VIII) in 2007.
- The programme received support from the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 which mandated the provision of a kitchen in every school, where the midday meal would be cooked.
- Strengthened by the National Food Security Act, 2013 which laid down the legal entitlement of every school child up to the age of fourteen years to a free, cooked, hot midday meal in all schools that are either run or aided by the government or local bodies.
Significance of Mid Day Meal
- The motive of the Mid-day meal was to provide a dense nutrition lunch to all the students studying in Government schools.
- The initiative took place looking at the poor diet of a students, and according to the parents of those students, they didn’t have enough money to provide the best
- The Midday meal scheme is helping a lot of students all over the country to intake some protein and other nutrients to stay healthy. Most of the midday meals get managed in such a way that meals should have 12 gm protein and 300 calories in it for students.
- This increased the number of children attending school because education at these institutions is free and kids get quality food as well.
- Attempts were made for better infrastructure, improved facilities (safe drinking water, etc.), closer monitoring (regular inspection, etc.) and other quality safeguards as also the improvement of the contents of the meal so as to provide a nutritious meal to the children of the primary schools.
- Many international organizations have helped in making mid day meals the biggest scheme in the world. For example, a lot of people around the world offer their donations for buying various items, etc. and due to all these efforts by people all over the world, the Mid day meal scheme is currently the biggest scheme in the world.
- This scheme has improved the literacy level in the country and has reduced the problem of malnutrition; however, there is still the time when we will be able to proudly say that in India there is not a single that suffers from malnutrition.