The national mid-day meal scheme in government and aided schools will now be called the PM Poshan Scheme and will now include kindergarten or pre-primary class children, the government said on Wednesday.
The national mid-day meal scheme in government and aided schools will now be known as the PM Poshan Scheme and will also cover students in Balvatics or pre-primary classes, the government announced on Wednesday. Encouraging “date meals” to allow the community to provide special meals to children at occasions and festivals, cooking crops from the “School Nutrition Garden” using mid-day meals, cooking competitions to promote ethnic food and innovative menus, and Involved. Among the features added to the new scheme are farmer producer organizations (FPOs) and women’s self-help groups.
The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the roll-out of the ‘Prime Minister in Schools’ project, which will provide hot cooked meals to primary school students in government and government-aided schools across the country.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Today, CCEA has cleared the PM POSHAN (Poshan Shakti Nirman) scheme to provide a hot cooked meal in government and government aided schools from 2021-22 to 2025-26, formerly known as ‘National Program for Mid-day Meals in Schools’. Known as the Mid-Day Meal Scheme.
It is a centrally sponsored project covering all school children in grades 1 to 8 in government, government-aided schools, ”Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan told reporters.
“Under the new scheme, lunches have been extended for students in grades 1 to 8 in government and government-aided schools across India as well as for students in pre-primary or kindergarten. It will benefit about 11.80 crore children in 11.20 lakh schools,” he added.
The CCEA has approved the continuation of the Prime Minister’s National Project on Schools for five years from 2021-22 to 2025-26 with financial expenditure of Rs 54061.73 crore from the Central Government and Rs 31733.17 crore from the State Government and Union Territory Administration.
“The central government will also bear an additional cost of about Rs 45,000 crore on food grains. Therefore, the total project budget will be Rs 130,794.90 crore. The concept of date feeding will be widely promoted. The government is also promoting the development of ‘School Nutrition Gardens’ in schools to give children a first-hand experience with nature and gardens. Micronutrients are used in the project to provide additional crops in these gardens. School Nutrition Gardens have already been set up in more than 300,000 schools, “he said. .
While a social audit of the scheme has been made mandatory in all districts, special arrangements have been made to provide supplementary nutrition to children with high incidence of anemia in aspiring districts and districts.
“Cooking competitions will be encouraged at all levels from the village level to the national level to promote ethnic cuisine and innovative menus based on locally available ingredients and vegetables. The use of locally grown traditional food items will be encouraged, “said Mr Pradhan.
“Field inspections for progress monitoring and inspection will be convenient for students of specialized universities and institutions and for trainee teachers of Regional Educational Institution (RIE) and trainee teachers of District Institute of Education and Training (DIET).