The central government has now converted the mid-day meal scheme to be the PM nutrition scheme in schools.
New Delhi: The National Mid-Day Meal Scheme in government and aided schools will now be known as ‘PM Poshan’ scheme and will cover students from Bal Vatika to primary school level. Union Minister Anurag Thakur told reporters that the proposal was approved in the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Also Read – Special Crops: PM Narendra Modi’s big gift to farmers, 35 new crop varieties will change the fate of farmers
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He informed that under this the ‘National PM Nutrition Scheme in Schools’ is being released for a period of five years from 2021-22 to 2025-26 with a financial outlay of Rs 54,061.73 crore and Rs 31,733.17 crore from State Governments and Union Territory Administrations. Permission to keep has been given. The minister said that the central government will also bear the additional cost of about Rs 45,000 crore on food grains. Thus the total expenditure on the scheme will come to Rs 1,30,794.90 crore. He told that till now the mid-day meal scheme was going on in the country and the cabinet has given it a new look. CCEA has approved it as PM Nutrition Scheme. Also Read – Strange demand of a person from Madhya Pradesh, said – I will get corona vaccine installed only in the presence of PM Modi
Pradhan said that the children of Bal Vatika (Pre School) will also come under the purview of PM Nutrition Scheme. Under the purview of this centrally sponsored scheme, all school children studying in class I to VIII of government, government-aided schools will be covered. He said that the State Governments have been requested to pay the honorarium to the cooks, cooking assistants through Direct Cash Transfer (DBT). Apart from this, funds should also be made available to schools through DBT.
The minister said that this would benefit 11.80 crore children of 11.20 lakh schools. According to the government statement, under this the concept of date food will be promoted widely. Tithi Bhojan is a community participation program in which people provide special meals to children on special occasions/festivals. It states that the government is promoting the development of nutritional gardens in schools to give children a first-hand experience with nature and gardening. Crops from these gardens are used to provide additional micronutrients in the mid-day meal.
Participation of Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) and Women Self-Help Groups will be encouraged in the implementation of the scheme and use of locally grown traditional food items will be promoted to promote local economic development. According to the statement, “Social audit of the scheme has been made mandatory. Along with this, special provision has been made for providing supplementary nutritional material to children in aspirational districts and high anaemia districts.
The Mid-day scheme was introduced in 1995 with the goal of providing nutritious meals to primary school students at least once. This later became instrumental in improving school admissions. A senior ministry official said that under the new scheme, if states want to include their local vegetables or any other nutritious food or anything like milk or fruits, they can do so with the approval of the Centre. The official said, “It should be in the allocated budget. Earlier, the states had to bear the cost on their own to include any additional item.