The Union Minister for Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal has launched a comprehensive website www.mdm.nic.in for creating greater awareness about the scheme to ensure transparency in the implementation of the scheme in the presence of Secretary School Education and Literacy, Anshu Vaish and other senior officers. The site provides detailed guidelines about the scheme; the Programme Approval Board approvals for various states/UTs as well as the physical and financial progress under the scheme. In addition, a brochure and a booklet was being launched to bring out the key highlights about the scheme. The site also brings out the innovative practices adopted by the various states. It also provides details about the key officers responsible for the scheme and their contact details.
The Mid Day Meal Scheme is the largest noon meal scheme in the world feeding 10.46 Crore children of primary and upper primary classes in 11.92 Lakh Government, Government aided, local body, and NCLP Schools as well as Education Guarantee Scheme (EGS) / Alternative Innovative Education (AIE) centers including Madarsas /Maqtabs supported under SSA.
The main objectives of the scheme are to address classroom hunger and encourage poor children, belonging to disadvantaged sections, to attend school regularly and help them concentrate on classroom activities. To improve the nutritional status of the children in classes 1-VIII and to provide nutritional support to children in drought-affected areas during summer vacations is one the objectives.
A sum of Rs 48000 crores has been allocated for the MDMS during the 11th five year plan; Out of which Rs 38,000 crores spent so far. Rs 10,380, has been allocated for the programme during the current year.