National programme of mid-day meals in schools

Vaish, Anshu (2018) National programme of mid-day meals in schools. Learning Curve (30). pp. 27-32.

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The National Food Security Act, 2013 lays down the legal entitlement of every school child up to the age of fourteen years to a free, cooked, hot midday meal in all schools either run or aided by the government or local bodies and prescribes nutritional standards required to be met. Before this, the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 had mandated the provision of a kitchen in every school, where the midday meal would be cooked. But the seed of midday meals in school had been sown nearly a century ago and evolved through successive avatars before it was given legislative status as a crucial tool for children’s food security.In 1925, Madras Municipal Corporation began to provide the disadvantaged children in its schools a midday meal (MDM). This was later extended across Tamil Nadu. Gujarat and Kerala soon followed suit. By the middle of the 1980s, these three states as well as the Union Territory (UT) of Pondicherry had universalised, with their own resources, a midday meal programme for children studying in primary schools. By 1990, the number of states using their own funds to run significant MDM programmes had risen to twelve.

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Vaish, Anshu
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Education, Elementary education, Early childhood education
Subjects: Social sciences > Education
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > Learning Curve
Full Text Status: Public
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