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Odisha Has Several Good Schemes To Boost Nutrition, But Govt Must Ensure None Is Left Out: Expert

t none is left out from the Poshan Abhiyaan, an expert has said. Ranglal Jamuda, Chairperson, Odisha State Food Commission, said while implementing the schemes at the level of Mid Day Meal Scheme (MDMS), Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) and the Anganwadi Centres, one should ensure that every child is covered. “While implementing the Mid Day Meal Scheme, there should be no difference in the matter of whether the child is in a go

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Dr. Hameed Nuru, World Food Programme Country Director, interviewed by Soma Basu (The Hindu)

ts of reducing the level of stunting, undernutrition, anaemia and low birth weight babies. There are government systems such as the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), Mid Day Meals Scheme (MDMS), Targeted Public Distribution System (TDPS) also in place. It is now imperative to synergise and ensure better monitoring to achieve the common goal of ending malnutrition. * How successfully has WFP aligned it’s activities with the governm

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States should spend more on nutrition -Malancha Chakrabarty

r than the actual expenditure incurred in 2014-15. In the case of other schemes, like the Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls, also known as Sabla, and the Mid-Day Meal Scheme (MDMS), budget cuts were deeper. The outlay for Sabla declined from Rs622.4 crore in 2014-15 to Rs475.2 crore in 2015-16, and to Rs460 crore in 2016-17. In 2017-18, the allocation has been kept at the same level as 2016-17, which actually implies a decreas

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Aadhaar linked to mid-day meal: Why put the burden on children? -Kiran Bhatty and Dipa Sinha

gaps in the delivery mechanism, such as irregularity in supply, poor hygiene and infrastructure, inadequate nutritional content of meals, difficulties in estimatingthe exact number of children using MDMS, etc. It is however quite unclear how using a mandatory UID for children will address any of these problems. The official basis for mandating the UID for a mid-day meal is that, “the use of Aadhaar as identity document for delivery of servic

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Mid-day meal and housing schemes might get a facelift -Mayank Mishra

rty Adding some and modifying some others is how the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government is planning to go about its welfare programmes in the coming days. While the Mid-Day Meal Scheme (MDMS) is likely to be extended to some private schools, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) may see an overhaul. There are plans to reform the public distribution system (PDS) and convert the bulk of food subsidies t

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Anganwadi and Mid-day meal: Centre asks MP to consider including boiled eggs in menu -Milind Ghatwai

an be hygienic and a cheap source of protein required for children, expectant/ pregnant women and nursing mothers… I believe that for some reason the state is yet to consider providing eggs in MDMS and ICDS,’’ states a letter from Union Agriculture Ministry. The February 29 letter states, “Hopefully, this will substantially contribute towards reducing the bane of malnutrition in children and boost immunity and general health s

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Union Budget 2016-17: Mere eyewash or some concrete steps

osed allocation to Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) has been reduced from Rs. 15,587 crore (RE) in 2015-16 to Rs. 14,863 crore (BE) in 2016-17. However allocation for Mid Day Meal Scheme (MDMS) has been enhanced from Rs. 9,236.4 crore (RE) in 2015-16 to Rs. 9,700 crore (BE) in 2016-17, as per the recent CBGA report. Regarding cutbacks in the ICDS, CPI (M) has tweeted the following: #Budget2016 Integrated Child Development Ser

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Civil society urges more resources for social sector

radesh and Rajasthan. Social sector programmes/ schemes such as Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls (SABLA), Mid Day Meal Scheme (MDMS), and National Rural Drinking Water Programme have been adversely affected in terms of the overall budget allocations in a number of poorer states in 2015-16. Hence, the Union Ministry of Finance needs to provide adequate resources for social sector

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Let’s Use the CAG’s Criticisms to Strengthen, not Weaken, School Midday Meals -Dipa Sinha India’s midday meal scheme (MDMS) reaches more than 11 crore children across 12 lakh government schools around the country. Based on a Supreme Court order in 2001, states introduced a cooked meal in schools – replacing the earlier system of monthly “dry rations”. Despite many achievements, the scheme tends to make headlines for the wrong reasons. A recent audit report by the CAG found a number of implementation

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States fail to implement MDMS with vigour, finds CAG report

In its performance audit of the Mid Day Meal Scheme (MDMS) carried out in 27 states (except Mizoram) and 7 Union Territories (UTs) during the period 2009-10 to 2013-14, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India has observed that the provision of noon meals in public schools could not stop children's enrolment in private schools because quality of education imparted is a major concern among the guardians. (Please check the links of the report belo

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