Pradhan Mantri Poshan Shakti Nirman
Sharad Pandey & Avani Kapur
The National Programme of PM POSHAN, previously known as the National Scheme for Mid-Day Meals in schools (MDM), is a scheme to provide one hot cooked meal in government and government-aided schools. It aims at improving the nutritional status of students.
Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, this brief uses government data to analyse:
■ Past trends in allocations, releases, and expenditures;
■ Timing of GoI releases for recurring components;
■ Coverage and provision of meals to students; and
■ Nutrition intervention and social audits.