Cabinet Committee approves revision of norms under Mid-Day Meal (MDM) Scheme

The main objective of MDM scheme is to enhance the enrollment, retention and attendance and simultaneously improve nutritional levels among school going children.

Cabinet Committee approves revision of norms under Mid-Day Meal (MDM) Scheme
Cabinet Committee approves revision of norms under Mid-Day Meal (MDM) Scheme

Main objectives of Mid-Day Maeal scheme

 The main objective of MDM scheme is to enhance the enrollment, retention and attendance and simultaneously improve nutritional levels among school going children. 

Beneficiaries 

School children studying in Classes I to VIII of Government, Local body and Government - aided schools, Special Training centres (STC) and Madarasas and Maktabs supported under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.

The Centre run under Education Guarantee Scheme/Alternative & Innovative Education (AIE) and National Children Labour Project (NCLP) schools of all areas across the country are also included under the MDM.

Salient features 

1. It provides cooked mid-day meal :-

At primary level, 450 calories and 12 g of protein to every child. 

At upper primary level, 700 calories and 20 g of protein.

It also accord nutritional support to children of elementary stage in drought-affected area during summer vacation. 

It is a Centrally-Sponsored Scheme and the cost of the MDMS is shared between centre and state government

Revised norms 

 Annually Increase in Cooking cost linked to inflation index.

Revision of transportation rate.

Revision of Management Monitoring Evaluation.

Assistance for kitchen device.

Repair of kitchen cum store.

 Fortification of food items.

 Use of pulses from buffer stock.

Monitoring of attendance.

Menu under MDM.

Tithi bhojan.