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Odisha Has Several Good Schemes To Boost Nutrition, But Govt Must Ensure None Is Left Out: Expert While implementing the Mid Day Meal Scheme, there should be no difference on the issue of whether the child is in a government school or not. The Odisha government has launched several schemes, like the Millets Mission and Iron Plus Initiative, to boost nutrition among the people, especially children and the tribal population, and the state must work to ensure that none is left out from the Poshan Abhiyaan, an expert has sai

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There Is A Place For Aadhaar, But The Mid Day Meal Is Not It -Rukmini S

time. In a February 28 notification, the Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry has decided that students will need to sign up for Aadhaar by June 30 in order to continue to be eligible for the Mid Day Meal Scheme. The MDM is the world's largest school feeding programme, and provides a hot, cooked meal to every student in primary and upper primary schools in India. Research shows that the scheme improved enrolment especially for those from di

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How government failed drought victims in India -Ishan Kukreti

SC orders in drought hit states Thirty three crore people were affected in 10 states by the drought in 2015-16. However, despite Supreme Court orders to provide subsidised food grain and continue Mid Day Meal Scheme during summer holidays, the centre and the state governments failed to do so. The court’s order had come on May 13, during the Swaraj Abhiyan Vs the Union of India case. In Maharashtra, the government did not continue the More »

The season of scorching ironies -Yogendra Yadav

about some improvements like Maharashtra’s Employment Guarantee Scheme (which inspired the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme or MGNREGS), Public Distribution System and Mid Day Meal Scheme. Technology for forecasting and tracking droughts has grown in leaps and bounds. Yet the governmental practices continued to be archaic and conservative. The patwari continues to be the eye of the government; ‘annawari’ or

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

).   The proposed 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

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Civil society urges more resources for social sector

hhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh 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 resourc

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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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Exaggeration of figures in Mid Day Meal Scheme: CAG

-PTI NEW DELHI: There is an "institutionalised exaggeration" of figures about children benefiting from Mid Day Meal (MDM) scheme and irregularities like inflated costs and fudging of data prevail, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has found. The enrolment of children in schools providing mid-day meals is showing a "consistent" decline indicating that more and more people are seeking better education and not just food, the auditor said in a report that was tabl

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Social Safety nets require more public funding

on safety nets is still low in comparison to neighbouring countries Bangladesh and Pakistan. India tops the list of 136 countries for running the world's largest school feeding programme i.e. the Mid Day Meal Scheme (MDMS), and also the biggest public works programme i.e. the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme (MGNREGS), in terms of scale. Under the MGNREGS, a population of 182 million is covered annually, which is roughl

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Center suggests distribution of free milk to govt school children in Bihar, TN and Rajasthan -Vishwa Mohan

ilk will be provided to schools and anganwadis", said Singh in his letter to the chief ministers. He said, "I would appreciate if your government launches a similar milk programme in the Mid Day Meal Scheme, addressing the issue of child malnutrition in the country by utilizing milk powder from the cooperatives which will help in enhancing nutrition of school children as well as improving their retention." The department of animal

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