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Mid-day meal scheme

8th September, 2020 Society

Context: Vice President suggests inclusion of milk in mid-day meal scheme

About mid-day meal scheme:

  • It is a school meal programme of the Government of India designed to better the nutritional standing of school-age children nationwide.
  • The programme supplies free lunches on working days for children in primary and upper primary classes in government, government aided, local body, Education Guarantee Scheme, and alternate innovative education centres, Madarsa and Maqtabs supported under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, and National Child Labour Project schools run by the ministry of labour.
  • Under article 24, paragraph 2c of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which India is a party, India has committed to yielding "adequate nutritious food" for children.
  • The programme has undergone many changes since its launch in
  • The Midday Meal Scheme is covered by the National Food Security Act, 2013.

Reference: https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1651938