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Mid-Day Meal Scheme

Sharad Pandey , Avani Kapur

The National Programme of Mid-Day Meals in School (MDM) scheme is Government of India’s (GoI’s) flagship school-based feeding programme aimed at improving the nutritional status of students and promoting the universalisation of elementary education.

Using government data, this brief reports on trends for MDM performance along the following parameters:

■ Overall trends in allocations, releases and expenditures;

■ Expenditure performance on key MDM components such as food grains, cooking costs, honorarium to cook- cum-helper (CCH), traveling assistance and monitoring, management and evaluation;

■ Progress on construction of kitchen-cum-stores, and;

■ Coverage as indicated through the provision of meals to students.

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