MID Day Meal Scheme in India - When Was Mid Day Meal Started? Know All About MID Day Meal Scheme Objectives and Other Details Here

Updated December 02, 2020

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MID Day Meal Scheme - The Akshaya Patra Foundation, which was successfully implementing its school lunch programme in Karnataka since 2000, was known to give testimonies for verifying the efficacy of the scheme. The MID Day Meal Scheme guarantees a meal to all children in government and aided schools and madrasas supported under Samagra Shiksha. Students up to Class VIII have guaranteed one nutritional cooked meal at least 200 days in a year. Scroll down to read more about midday meal scheme, objectives from this article. 

MID Day Meal Scheme

Mid-day meal (MDM) is freshly-cooked lunch served to children in government and aided schools  India. On 28 November 2001, the Supreme Court of India has passed a mandate stating, "We direct the State Governments or Union Territories to implement the Mid Day Meal Scheme by offering every child in every Government and Government-assisted Primary School with a prepared midday meal." The Scheme guarantees a meal to all children in government and aided schools and madrasas supported under Samagra Shiksha. Students up to Class VIII have guaranteed one nutritional cooked meal at least 200 days in a year. The Scheme is under the Ministry of HRD. It has been launched in the year 1995 as a National Programme of Nutritional Support to Primary Education (NP – NSPE), one is a centrally sponsored scheme. In 2004, Scheme was relaunched as the Mid Day Meal Scheme.

MID Day Meal Scheme Objectives

1. To avoid classroom hunger
2. Increase school enrolment
3 Increase school attendance
4. Improve socialisation among castes
5. Address malnutrition
6. Empower women through employment

Nutritional Norms

In terms of calorie intake, as per MDM guidelines, the children in primary schools have to be offered with at least 450 calories with 12 grams of protein via MDM where the children in upper primary schools have got 700 calories with 20 grams of protein, as per MHRD.
The food intake per meal by children of primary classes, provided by MHRD is 100 grams of food grains, 20 grams of pulses, 50 grams of vegetables and 5 grams of oils and fats. For children of upper-primary schools, the mandated breakup is about 150 grams of food grains, 30 grams of pulses, 75 grams of vegetables and 7.5 grams of oils and fats.

Financing

1. The cost of MDMS has been shared between the central and state governments.
2. The central government offers free food grains to the states.
3. The centre shares the cost of cooking, infrastructure development, transportation of food grains and payment of honorarium to cooks and helpers with the state governments.

MID Day Meal Scheme - FAQ

1. What are the objectives for MID Day Meal Scheme?

1. To avoid classroom hunger
2. Increase school enrolment
3 Increase school attendance
4. Improve socialisation among castes
5. Address malnutrition
6. Empower women through employment


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