DBT approved for Mid-Day-Meal Scheme

Union Education Minister, Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, has approved proposal to provide monetary assistance through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) to students under Mid-Day meal scheme.

Who will benefit?

Direct benefit Transfer of cooking cost component if Mid-Day-Meal scheme will benefit 11.8 crore eligible students. This will provide a boost to Midday Meal programme. Monetary assistance will help to safeguard nutritional levels of children and aid in protecting their immunity.

Allocated Funds

Central government will provide additional funds of Rs 1200 crore to State Governments and UT Administrations to implement the monetary assistance programme. It will be a one-time special welfare measure to benefit children studying in class I to VIII across 11.20 lakh Government and Government aided schools in India.

Midday Meal Scheme

It is school meal programme designed to ensure a better nutritional standing of school-age children in India. Under the initiative, free lunches are supplied on working days for children studying in primary and upper primary classes of local body, government, government aided, Education Guarantee Scheme, alternate innovative education centres, Maktab and Madrasa. This scheme is in line with Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which India is a party. Under the convention, India has committed to yield “adequate nutritious food” for children. The scheme is a covered by National Food Security Act, 2013.

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