Centre rename existing mid-day meal scheme as PM Poshan Shakti Nirman Scheme

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admin November 9, 2021
Updated 2021/11/09 at 3:19 PM

The Union Cabinet approved the ‘Pradhan Mantri Poshan Shakti Nirman’ initiative on Wednesday, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to combat malnutrition among school-aged children in the nation.

The current Mid-Day Meal scheme which offers hot meals to students would be renamed as PM Poshan Shakti Nirman scheme

The plan would be funded for five years, from 2021-22 to 2025-26, with a total expenditure of around Rs 1.3 lakh crore. The federal government would invest Rs 54061.73 crore, while state and union territory governments will chip in Rs 31,733.17 crore. The government stated in a statement that the Centre would also shoulder an extra cost of almost Rs 45,000 crore on food grains.

According to an infographic released on MyGovIndia’s official Twitter feed, the plan intends to reach 11.80 crore students in 11.20 lakh schools. The initiative is open to all students in grades I through VIII who attend government or government-aided schools.

Farmers Producer Organizations (FPOs) and Women Self-Help Groups would be encouraged to participate in the scheme’s implementation, Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan declared on Twitter.

The Minister released an infographic highlighting two additional “areas of particular concern,” stating that the plan would give “supplementary nourishment in aspirational and tribal communities, as well as districts with a high incidence of anaemia.”

“Cooking contests will be promoted at all levels to promote ethnic cuisines and culture in accordance with #Vocal4Local,” the document said.

 

Source: The Indian Express

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