The 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, the Vice President of India has proposed the inclusion of milk in mid-day meals of children.
Overview of Midday Meal Scheme
|Name||Midday Meal Scheme|
|Revamped Scheme||PM POSHAN scheme|
|Launched by||P. V. Narasimha Rao|
|Launch year||15 August 1995|
|Nodal Ministry||Ministry of Education|
|Sector||Central sector scheme|
Objective and Benefit of Midday Meal Scheme
•To increase the enrolment of the children belonging to disadvantaged sections in the schools.
•Leading enrolment to increased attendance in the schools.
•To retain children studying in classes 1-8.
•To provide nutritional support to the children of the elementary stage in drought-affected areas.
FAQs Frequently Asked Questions
What is the role of a midday meal in education?
It helps to increase levels of nutrition and school enrolment, a sound investment for the future. Successive federal and state governments have taken various measures to increase school attendance, with some degree of success. One of the strategies has been the midday meals in schools initiative.