New Delhi, April 30: Government has decided on revising rates of food grains from below poverty line (BPL) rates to National Food Security Act (NFSA) rates under Mid Day Meal Scheme (MDMS)
“Now the foodgrains would be supplied at NFSA rate of Rs. 3 per kg. for rice and Rs. 2 per kg. for wheat with effect from 1st April, 2016” said Food Ministry.
Under the Mid Day Meal Scheme, hot cooked meals are served to 10.20 crore children in 11.56 lakh Government and Government aided elementary schools on all school days. The Scheme also has a provision for serving of meals to the students in the eligible schools during summer vacations in areas where drought is declared by States and UTs.
The cost of foodgrains is fully borne by the Central Government. Rice and wheat are supplied by Food Corporation of India (FCI) and in some cases by the State Food & Civil Supplies Corporations. The BPL rates are Rs. 5.65 per kg. for rice and Rs. 4.15 per kg. for wheat.
As mandated under the NFSA, 2013, the Mid Day Meal Rules, 2015 were notified in September, 2015 which made the MDM Scheme eligible for supply of foodgrains at NFSA rates for wheat and rice.