Cabinet renamed Mid-Day Meal scheme as PM Poshan
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on 29 September approved the continuation of ‘National Scheme for PM POSHAN in Schools’ for the five year period 2021-22 to 2025-26 with the financial outlay of Rs. Rs. 54061.73 crores from the Central Government and Rs. 31,733.17 crore from State Governments & UT administrations. Central Government will also bear additional cost of about Rs. 45,000 crore on foodgrains. Therefore, the total scheme budget will amount to Rs. 1,30,794.90 crore.
–The scheme is proposed to be extended to students studying in pre-primary or Bal Vatikas of Government and Government-aided primary schools in addition to all the 11.80 crore children from elementary classes.
–Government is promoting development of School Nutrition Gardens in schools to give children first hand experience with nature and gardening. The harvest of these gardens is used in the scheme providing additional micro nutrients. School Nutrition Gardens have already been developed in more than 3 lakh schools.
–Social Audit of the scheme is made mandatory in all the districts.
–Special provision is made for providing supplementary nutrition items to children in aspirational districts and districts with high prevalence of Anemia.