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Mid-Day Meal Scheme Renamed As PM-POSHAN, Extended To Pre-Schools

Mid-Day Meals Scheme has been renamed as PM POSHAN, aims to benefit 11.8 crore children in 11.2 lakh schools

Mid-Day Meal Scheme Renamed As PM-POSHAN, Extended To Pre-Schools
Highlights
  • PM POSHAN has been approved for a five-year period of 2021-22 to 2025-26
  • PM POSHAN will provide hot-cooked meals to school children
  • Nutrition gardens have been developed in 3 lakh schools: Union Cabinet

New Delhi: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has renamed the mid-day meal scheme as the ‘National Scheme for PM-POSHAN in Schools’ or the PM POSHAN scheme on Wednesday (September 29). The cabinet that was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the continuation of the mid-day meal scheme for another five years till 2026. According to the Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, the mid-meal scheme has now been extended to children in pre-primary school in addition to children studying in Classes 1 to 8 in government and government-aided schools across the country.

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The education minister further said that PM POSHAN will cover about 11.80 crore children studying in 11.20 lakh schools. He said on the microblogging site, Twitter,

To improve nutritional status, encourage education and learning, increase enrolments in schools and promote the overall growth of children, PM Narendra Modi has approved the PM POshan SHAkti Nirman scheme for the next 5 years with a collective outlay of ₹ 1,31,000 crore.

 

According to the Union Cabinet, the government has committed a financial outlay of Rs. 1,30,794.90 crore from which Rs 54,000 crore will be spent by the Central Government and Rs 31,733.17 crore by the states and Union Territories.

The Cabinet has also decided to encourage the concept of ‘Tithi Bhojan’ which is a community participation programme to allow people from the community to provide special food to children on occasions and festivals. It is recommended that the food for ‘Tithi Bhojan’ should be prepared using the harvest from the nutrition gardens in schools. The cabinet in its press release highlighted that in order to encourage School Nutrition Gardens, children will be given first-hand experience with nature and gardening. It said that School Nutrition Gardens have already been developed in more than 3 lakh schools.

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Prescribed Nutritional Content Per Meal Per Child Under PM POSHAN To Remain The Same As MDM

Like the Mid-Day Meal (MDM) scheme, hot cooked meals will be provided to the children and the prescribed nutritional content per meal per child will also remain the same which is:

– at least 450 calories with 12 grams of protein for primary school children
– 700 calories with 20 grams of protein for upper primary school children

As being done under MDM, PM POSHAN will continue to provide 100 grams of food grains, 20 grams of pulses, 50 grams of vegetables and 5 grams of oils and fats to children in primary classes. The children of upper-primary schools, on the other hand, are entitled to get 150 grams of food grains, 30 grams of pulses, 75 grams of vegetables and 7.5 grams of oils and fats.

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