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High-tech system to monitor mid day meal scheme:MHRD
The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) will introduce a state-of-the-art system to monitor the mid day meal scheme on a real- time basis. The scheme will be monitored through latest communication system – Inter Voice Response System, on a daily basis.
The information will be uploaded from every school giving details of the number of children having been provided food in every school. The system will integrate web-portal with Inter Voice Response System through Cloud Telephonic. It will be the responsibility of the Head of the school to upload the website.
Problems, if any, can be fixed by taking corrective action through the district administration. On the issue of quality of food, the system will allow any stake holder including community leader, to file complaint.
The Government has also set up a panel under the Director of Nutrition Foundation of India, Dr. Prema Rama Chand on calorific norms. The MHRD is also making an endeavour for strengthening the monitoring system of the scheme.
The mid day meal scheme is the largest school nutrition programme. It covers more than ten and a half crore school children in over 12 lakh government-aided and other local bodies schools. It is designed to promote school participation and prevent class room hunger. The gap between the calories needed and calories available increases from 450 to 700 among the kids from pre-school to in-school.
The scheme has helped in addressing the problems of class room hunger by providing regular source of supplementary food.