Midday meal scheme
The scheme was designed by government of india which was launched on 1995 ,the programme basically was designed to improve the nutritional status of school -age children nationwide . Under this programme free lunches or mid day meal was supplied to the children of primary and upper primary class which are in government ,government aided, local body , education guarantee scheme , and alternative education centers.
midday meal scheme
In 2001 midday meal scheme (MDMS) became cooked midday meal scheme ,under which every children in government school or government aided bodies will be served with a meal having minimum 300 calories of energy and must have 8- 12 gram protein per day which is for minimum 200 days.The scheme was again extended in 2002 in which it is added that not only children studying in government bodies will get the benefit of the scheme but also the children studying in education guarantee scheme(EGS) and alternative & innovative education (AIE) centers will take the benefit of this scheme.
The main objective of the scheme is as follows-
(I) Improving the nutritional status of children which will reduce malnutrition
(II) Attract children specially girls to school specially from dalits and adivasi tribes, which will increase literacy in country.
This program was launched to improve the nutritional conditions of school age children in the rural areas in India. This is a central government scheme launched In the year 1995. Its main aim is to provide free lunches to school going children on working days .it is applicable to all the government schools .and also at the madrasas and maqbaras which are supported under sarva shiksha abhiyan.
It is covered by the national by the national food and security act. It is to help in improving the effectiveness of primary education by improving nutritional status of the children .
This scheme has many benefits apart from improving nutritional status. It helps in attracting children to school. children in rural areas so not have sufficient food supplies. Their parents are not capable of providing them with good, proper nutritional food .so in the name of good food if children are coming to school there is no such loss. This also attracts girls, dalits and adiwasis to school. It also helps in improving regularity of children.
It is well known that more than 42.5% of children who are below age of 5 are malnutrition. The government also provides vitamin tablets ,iron tablets and the vaccination facilities to the school going children.