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Mid-Day Meal (MDM)

Overview

National Programme of Mid-Day Meal in Schools (MDMS) is a flagship programme of the Government of India aiming at enhancing enrolment, retention and attendance and simultaneously improving nutritional levels among children studying in Government, Local Body and Government-aided primary and upper primary schools and the Centres run under Education Guarantee Scheme (EGS)/Alternative & Innovative Education (AIE) and National Children Labour Project (NCLP) schools of all areas across the country. MDM is also served in drought-affected areas during summer vacation also.

Cooked mid-day meals provides

To achieve the objectives of the Scheme, the guidelines prescribe the following nutritional content in the mid day meal:

Programme Implementation

While implementing the mid-day meal programme, the Central and State Governments work hand in hand. Central Government issues guidelines to be followed by State Governments while executing the scheme. However, there are some states that have issued guidelines different from Central Guidelines.

Components Primary Upper Primary
Calories 450 Cal 700 Cal
Protein 12 gms. 20 gms.
Micro-nutrients Adequate quantities of micro-nutrients like Iron, Folic Acid , Vitamin-A etc.

Programme Implementation

While implementing the mid-day meal programme, the Central and State Governments work hand in hand. Central Government issues guidelines to be followed by State Governments while executing the scheme. However, there are some states that have issued guidelines different from Central Guidelines.



FFRC point of intervention:FFRC needs to work with Central government to release guidelines for procurement of fortified staples. However, in States which have guidelines separate from Central Government, FFRC needs to work directly with the State authorities

A National Steering-cum-Monitoring Committee (NSMC) is set up to monitor the programme, assess its impact and provide policy advice to Central and State Governments. The Programme Approval Board releases central assistance in the form of subsidies upon submission of the committee?s Annual Work Plan.

Steering-cum-Monitoring Committees are also set up at a state level to monitor the programme. A nodal department is authorised to take responsibility. Implementation cells are organised by the nodal department and one officer is appointed at each district and block level to oversee effective implementation of the programme.

The Panchayats / Urban Local Bodies are in charge of the scheme in states where primary education is entrusted to them.

Flow of Funds

The Ministry of Human Resource Development is the nodal agency for sanctioning funds and supply of food grains (central assistance) to the states on behalf of the Government of India. The cooking cost is summarized in the table below (corresponding order can be found here).

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Flow of Grains:

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