‘PM POSHAN’ to be continued in Schools

Union Cabinet has approved the continuation of PM POSHAN scheme in Schools, which is a Centrally Sponsored National Scheme.

Key facts

  • PM POSHAN scheme would run for five more years. It will run from 2021-2022 to 2025-26.
  • Scheme has been approved with a financial outlay of 54,062 crore rupees from the Central Government.
  • State Government and Union Territories administrations have sanctioned an outlay of 31,733 crore rupees.
  • In this phase, scheme will cover around 11.80 crore children studying across 11.20 lakh schools.
  • Central Government will further bear an additional cost of 45,000 crore rupees to provide food grains to these children.
  • Total budget of the scheme is 1,30,795 crore rupees.

Who will be covered under the scheme?

This Centrally-Sponsored Scheme will cover all school children who are studying in Classes 1st to 8th in government schools as well in government-Aided Schools.

PM-POSHAN scheme

PM POSHAN is a revamped version of “Mid-Day Meal Scheme”, which stands for “PM Poshan Shakti Nirman”. With the new nomenclature, Centre has initiated a major political push towards ‘child nutrition’. This scheme will cover around 24 lakh students, who are receiving pre-primary education at government schools and government-aided schools, from the year 2022.

Mid-day meal scheme

Under this scheme, hot cooked food is provided to students from Classes 1 to 8, benefitting about 11.80 crore children across all the government and government-aided schools. This scheme was launched by the Narasimha Rao government in the year 1995. It was launched to increase school enrolment and improve nutritional status undernourished children in India.

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