Mid-day meal scheme under National Food Security Act, 2013 reported by Union Government [ Current Affairs ]
About Mid - day meal scheme: It is a school meal programme. It was initiated by Government of India. Its function is to improve the nutritional stand of school children nationwide. Rules in this scheme are:
- There are temporary funds available with the school for Mid - day meal scheme if the school fails funds meant for the meal for any reason.
- Food security payment will be paid to the receivers under the temporary funds use in case of non - supply of meal for any reason.
- Meal quality will be checked on monthly basis by qualified Labs.
- If meals are not provided on 3 - 5 following school days in a month then government will fix charge on the person or agency to check it.
- Every child between the ages of 6 - 14 studying in classes from I to VIII must be provided hot cooked meal having nutritional value (300 calories and 8 - 12 grams of protein for each day of school).
- It is a compulsion that schools must have a facility for cooking meal in hygienic manner.
- Schools located in urban areas may use the facility of centralized kitchens.
About Food Security Act, 2013:
- It is an Act of Parliament of India.
- It is also known as Right to Food Act.
- This was signed into law on September 12th in 2013.
- Its main function is to provide supported food to approximately 2/3rd of India’s Population.
- Under this act, the Midday Meal Scheme, Integrated Child Development Services scheme and the Public Distribution System are included.
About the report given by Government:
- The Union Government has reported Mid - Day Meal Scheme under the Food Security Act, 2013.
- This decision was taken by the government after consulting with the fellow states and other related Ministries of the government.
- Published on: October 2, 2015