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Mid-Day Meal Scheme (MDMS), Mid-Day Meal Scheme Eligiblity Details Benefits, MDMS, Mid-Day Meal Scheme,MDMS Yojana, Mid-Day Meal Scheme Guidelines, MDMS Objective, Indian Government schemes

Mid-Day Meal Scheme 

The Midday Meal Scheme is a school meal programme of the government of India designed to improve the nutritional status of school-age children nationwide.[1] The programme supplies free lunches on working days for children in primary and upper primary classes in government, government aided, local body, Education Guarantee Scheme, and alternate innovative education centres, Madarsa and Maqtabs supported under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, and National Child Labour Project schools run by the ministry of labour.[2] Serving 120,000,000 children in over 1,265,000 schools and Education Guarantee Scheme centres, it is the largest such programme in the world.

Initiatives by the central government

The government of India initiated the National Programme of Nutritional Support to Primary Education (NP-NSPE) on 15 August 1995.[3] The objective of the scheme is to help improve the effectiveness of primary education by improving the nutritional status of primary school children. Initially, the scheme was implemented in 2,408 blocks of the country to provide food to students in classes one through five of government, government-aided and local body run schools. By 1997–98, the scheme had been implemented across the country. Under this programme, a cooked mid day meal with 300 calories and 12 grams of protein is provided to all children enrolled in classes one to five. In October 2007, the scheme included students in upper primary classes of six to eight in 3,479 educationally backward blocks,[13] and the name was changed from National Programme for Nutrition Support to Primary Education to National Programme of Mid Day Meals in Schools.[14]
Though cooked food was to be provided, most states (apart from those already providing cooked food) chose to provide "dry rations" to students. "Dry rations" refers to the provision of uncooked 3 kg of wheat or rice to children with 80% attendance.

Mid Day Meal Guidelines


The nutritional guidelines for the minimum amount of food and calorie content per child per day are:[2]

Entitlement norm per child per day under MDM
ItemPrimary (class one to five)Upper primary (class six to eight)
Calories 450 700
Protein (in grams ) 12 20
Rice / wheat (in grams ) 100 150
Dal (in grams ) 20 30
Vegetables (in grams ) 50 75
Oil and fat (in grams ) 5 7.5


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