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Mid-Day Meal Scheme

Avani Kapur , Sharad Pandey

The National Programme of Mid-Day Meals (MDM) in School 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. Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, this brief uses government data to analyse:

■ Past trends in allocations, releases, and expenditures;
■ Provisioning of MDM during the pandemic including additional funding during the summer months;
■ Timing of GoI releases, with a focus on key components; and
■ Coverage.

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