Mid-day meals in schools

unnamed (2)HRD Ministry has finalized the Mid-Day Meals rules after consulting States and other ministries. The programme will be in effect from the
date of notification in the Gazette of India. MDMR inter alia provides for temporary utilization of other funds available with the school in case school exhausts MDM funds for any reason. Food Security Allowance will be paid to beneficiaries in case of non-supply of meals for
specified reasons and monthly testing of meals on a random basis by accredited labs to check its quality. Further, State Governments shall fix responsibility on the person or agency if meals are not provided on three consecutive school days or five days in a month. Their effective compliance by implementing agencies in the States will ensure better regularity in serving mid day meals and also improve quality of the meals as well as overall implementation of the Mid Day Meal Scheme. Central Government notified Mid-Day Meal Rules, 2015’ on September 30. The National Food Security Act, 2013 (NFSA, 2013)
contains provisions related to welfare schemes including Mid-Day meal scheme.

Medaram Jathara

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