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Centre to provide ₹958 crore

  • The Centre plans to extend the mid-day meal scheme in government schools over the summer holidays due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
  • An additional ₹958 crore will be provided for this purpose, an extra ₹790 crore would be provided to buy pulses, vegetable, oil, spices and fuel by hiking the annual allocation for cooking costs. 
  • The Centre will also provide 3 lakh tonnes of foodgrains, worth approximately ₹990 crore.
  • Nationwide, 11.5 crore children studying in Class 1 to 8 in 11.34 lakh schools depend on the scheme for a nutritious lunch.

Mid-day meal scheme

  • The Mid-day Meal Scheme 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.
  • Serving 120,000,000 children in over 1,265,000 schools and Education Guarantee Scheme centres, it is the largest of its kind in the world. 
  • 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 was launched in 1995. The Midday Meal Scheme is covered by the National Food Security Act, 2013
  • The legal backing to the Indian school meal programme is akin to the legal backing provided in the US through the National School Lunch Act.
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