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Report No. 165

5.3.20. National Programme of Nutritional Support to Primary Education.-

A National Programme of Nutritional Support to Primary Education commonly called the Midday Meal Scheme was launched on 15 August, 1995 with the intention of improving enrolment, attendance and retention while simultaneously impacting on the nutrition status of students in primary classes. The programme envisages provision of cooked meals/processed food for children studying in Classes I-V in all government, local body and government aided primary schools.

Central assistance under the programme is available for the reimbursement of cost of foodgrains and for transportation charges for movement of foodgrains from FCI godowns to schools/villages. Salaries or cooks/helpers etc., as well as expenditure on construction of kitchen sheds needed for conversion of foodgrains into cooked meals are eligible for coverage under the poverty alleviation schemes i.e. JRY/NRY. Other costs of conversion of foodgrains into cooked meal/processed food are to be met by implementing agencies/states.

5.3.21. Apart from this, the implementation of these schemes is today, indifferent and full of "leakages". In spite of the achievements set out in the said report, the fact remains that in India, out of 5,47,672 villages, 48,500 do not have any school and 1,67,382 rural schools have just one teacher for each school.1

1. Dr. J.C. Kulshreshtha, Indian Child Labour, 1994, p.39.



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