Mid day meal scheme implementation by Indian Government started first in 1995. This program started with following objectives:
- Improving the nutritional status of children in classes I – VIII in Government, Local Body and Government aided schools, and EGS and AIE centres.
- Encouraging poor children, belonging to disadvantaged sections, to attend school more regularly and help them concentrate on classroom activities.
- Providing nutritional support to children of primary stage in drought-affected areas during summer vacation.
Complete Information about Program can be downloaded here Mid Day Meal Program.
IIMA professors (Satish Deodhar, KV Ramani, and Dileep Mavalankar) has done complete analysis of Mid Day meal program. Research paper presented by them express fear that Mid day meal scheme is not implemented properly. Basically, It doesn’t fulfill the MDM scheme. As per the researched paper, Seven percent population of Gujarat resides in Ahmedabad. Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation(AMC) is responsible to implement Mid Day Meal program in schools. AMC covers 563 schools with 61 MDM scheme across the city. This research and analysis by them has raised serious concerns about implementation of program. Indian government allocate budget for education health care, but schemes are not properly implemented.
14,00 crore are spent in year 2007-09 on MDP in India. Even spending much amount of finance, Children of poor family are not able to get proper benefits of program. They have expressed fear that meal program doesn’t provide proper nutritious contents of Vitamins, proteins. This is due to food quality provided is of low quality. They have suggested that proper Hazard analysis and Critical Control Points(HACCP) should be introduced before food given to children.
The paper states: “To increase efficiency and quality of the prepared meal service, the scheme, operated either by the government itself or by a contracted private parties, has to have a formal food quality management system in place. An accepted system called Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) would have to be implemented for this purpose. Such system needs to be audited periodically by an external certifying agency.”
Whole Paper published by IIMA can be downloaded here.