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Mid-Day Meal Scheme for School Children
- The National Program of Nutritional Support to Primary Education ( NPNSPE ), popularly known as the Mid-Day Meal ( MDM ) Scheme, was formally launched on August 15, 1995. The objective of the program is to give a boost to universalisation of primary education by increasing enrolment, attendance and retention, and also improving nutritional status of children in primary classes.
- Under the MDM scheme, cooked mid-day meal with a nutritional content or 450 calories and 12 grams protein is served to children studying at primary level.
- MDM scheme has helped in promoting school participation, preventing classroom hunger, instilling educational values and fostering social and gender equity.
- About 12 crore children studying in over 9.50 lakh schools are presently covered under the scheme. In order to improve the quality of meal, the scheme was last revised m June, 2006.
- The cooking cost norm has been fixed at 2 per child per school day, with 1.80 as Central assistance for North East States and 1.50 for other States and UTs. Assistance to States has been provided at the rate of 5,000 per school to procure / repair kitchen devices.
In order to encourage, promote and assist voluntary action in rural development with focus on injecting new technology inputs for enhancement of rural prosperity, the Council for Advancement of People’s Action and Rural Technology ( CAPART ) was formed on September, 1, 1986.
Capart is a registered body under the Ministry of Rural Development. Its head office is at New Delhi. It has nine Regional Committees / Centres at Jaipur, Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Bhubaneshwar, Patna, Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Guwahati and Dhanwad.
The Regional committees are empowered to sanction projects proposals to voluntary unties up to an outlay of 25 lakh in their respective regions. Its main objective is to encourage and assist the voluntary activities for implementing projects for rural prosperity.
Some Important Features related to it are :
- Capart extends assistance to Jawahar Rojgar Yojana, Organization or the Beneficiaries of Poverty Eradicating Program, Integrated Rural Development Program, Development of Women and Children in Rural Areas and other related organizations.
- The Rural Development Department of the Indian Government provides the required funds to Capart.