New Delhi, Jun 10: ‘Midday meal’ is scheme articulated by the government for better nourishment of students in younger age. This meal contents the nutritions for necessary for the mental and physical health of students. Now, making this more inclusive, government likely to start midday meals to Class IX and X students in government schools across the country.
This decision was taken in one of the initials meetings chaired by Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank.
As per the official statement of the School education department, the initial estimate for this scheme is the additional cost of Rs. 4,000 crore will be required to extend the service till secondary level. HRD ministry is hoping to get a green signal by the year-end and the program is likely to be expanded from next year.
Further, Official statement said, the matter will also be discussed in the meeting of education ministers on June 22 that was convened to discuss the National Education Policy.
MDM was launched centrally in 1995, 1st covered children only from class I-V, then it will expand till Class VIII.
Nearly 12 crore students are beneficiary of this scheme. 12.5 lakh government schools benefitted by the scheme.
Educationist Anjela Taneja welcomed the proposed plan saying that providing hot meals in schools is a practice followed in most of the developed world.
“There is evidence that the dropout rates have gone down and the attendance in schools has improved substantially due to the scheme,” she said.
The draft National Education Policy, meanwhile, has recommended expanding the scheme to also provide breakfast, along with midday meal, to school going children.