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Mid Day Meal Scheme :Launch and Other features



Mid Day Meal Scheme :Launch and other features

Mid Day Meal Scheme was started in India from 15th August 1995 under the name of ‘National Programme of Nutritional Support to Primary Education (NP-

NSPE)’. In October 2007, NP-NSPE was renamed as ‘National Programme of Mid Day Meal in Schools,’ which is popularly known as Mid-Day Meal Scheme.

Recently,milk has been included in the mid-day meal of children by the Vice President.

In September 2021, the Mid-Day Meal Scheme was renamed ‘PM POSHAN’ or Pradhan Mantri Poshan Shakti Nirman

and PM POSHAN will extend the hot cooked meals to students studying in pre-primary levels and government-aided primary schools,

in addition to those already covered under the mid-day scheme.


The scheme has been launched for 5 years, from 2021-22 to 2025-26, with a budget of Rs 1,30,794.90 crore.

According to the government it will benefit 11.80 crore children studying in 11.20 lakh schools across India.

The scheme is different from the mid-day meal scheme in the following ways:

*The scheme will also focus on monitoring the nutritional levels of schoolchildren.

*A nutritional expert will be appointed in each school to ensure that the BMI, weight levels and haemoglobin levels of the students are monitored.

*In districts with a high prevalence of anaemia, special provisions for nutritional items would be made.

*The government is also considering developing nutrition gardens on school campuses.

*Cooking competitions will also be held under the scheme to promote ethnic cuisine and innovative menus based on local ingredients.


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