Mid-Day Meal Scheme:DBT approved

Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, Union Education Minister, has approved the proposal to provide monetary assistance to the students under the Mid-Day meal scheme through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT). This transfer will deliver a boost to the governments Mid-Day Meal programme.  Through Direct benefit Transfer will benefit 11.8 crore eligible students studying in classes 1 to 8 across the nation. This monetary assistance will help in safeguarding the nutritional needs and the required levels of the children and will also help in their immunity protection.

Funds Allocated

The central government will provide one time additional funds of Rs 1200 crore divided among the State Governments and the administrations of the Union Territories to implement this monetary assistance programme in their local government schools.

These funds will be provided as a onetime special welfare measure that will seek to benefit the children studying in classes 1 to 8 across the 11.20 lakh Government aided and Government schools in the country.

About Mid-Day Meal Scheme

This is an Indian school meal programme which has been designed and implemented to ensure school-age children of the country can receive better nutritional standings. This is the largest scheme of the world of its kind.

Free lunches are provided to all those children who are currently studying in the primary and the upper primary classes of government aided and g\government schools as well as Maqtabs and Madrarsas

Mid-Day Meal scheme was launched in the year 1995 and it is covered under the National Food Security Act, 2013.

About Ministry of Education

Union Minister: Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’

Minister of State: Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre

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