Mid Day Meal Programme

Some interesting news about mid day meal programme from various states are -

Chhattisgarh: In Koriya district of Chhatisgarh, the State Health Resource Centre (SHRC) have organised Mithanins (an intimate friend) to provide support to the mid day meal programme.
Tamil Nadu: The State Government has been implementing a mid day meal programme – far beyond the programme for which Central Assistance is provided. It provides mid day meal to children in different age groups, namely 2-4 years, 5-9 years, 10-13 years and 14-15 years consequently covering children from the pre-school to higher secondary stage. The State Government has a well laid out feeding scale for children in the different age groups, which is further supplemented by 15 protein rich foods, omprising, boiled black gram, green gram, potatoes and eggs.

Puducherry: Milk and sweet bread provided for breakfast before commencement of classes, and an evening snack provided before children return home. This is in addition to the mid day meal.

Bihar: IN several schools of Bihar, children have been organised into a Bal Sansad. The Bal Sansad is actively associated in serving food.

Karnataka: The Suvarna Chaitanya Arogya programme provides for regular health check of children. Health cards are prepared for all children and referral services are provided for children with serious ailments. Assistive devices are provided under SSA for children with hearing and visual impairments. In addition, the State has initiated a Swastha Plus kitchen garden in 20,000 primary school to enable children to grow vegetables which are used in the mid day meals. Karnataka has also instituted a roster system for the appointment of cooks: (a) a school with two cooks will have at least one cook belonging to the SC/ST group, (b) a school with three cooks will have one belonging to SC/ST and one to OBC, and (c) a school with four cooks will have at least one SC/ST, one OBC and one minority.

Gujarat: Provision for micro-nutrients and de-worming tablets; Health check up takes places systematically.

Rajasthan: While in most schools, cooking is undertaken in the school itself by the cook appointed by the School Development and Management Committee (SDMC), the Government of Rajasthan has also associated the Annapurna Women Cooperative Society, to provide mid day meal in two Panchayats of each block. The meal is cooked in a centrally located school and distributed to different schools in the 16 Panchayat. Presently there are 463 Annapurna Women Cooperative Societies providing mid day meal to over 3 lakh children in 3500 schools.

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