The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs today approved revision of the National Programme for Mid Day Meal in Schools according to the following norms:
i. The food norm for upper primary children has been revised to increase the quantity of pulses from 25 to 30 grams, vegetables from 65 to 75 grams and to decrease the quantity of oil and fat from 10 to 7.5 grams.
ii. The cooking cost (excluding the labour and administrative charges) has been revised to Rs.2.50 for primary and Rs.3.75 for upper primary children with effect from 01.12.2009 and to further revise it by 7.5% on 1.4.2010 and again on 01.04.2011. The cooking cost will be shared between the centre and the NER States on 90:10 basis and with other States / UTs on 75:25 basis.
iii. A separate provision for payment of honorarium of Rs.1000 per month to each cook-cum-helper has been made. Also, a norm for engaging cook-cum-helpers in schools has been prescribed. Now, one cook-cum-helpers in schools has been prescribed. Now, one cook-cum-helper can be engaged in a school having upto 25 students, two cooks-cum-helper can be engaged in a school having 26 to 100 students, and one additional cook-cum-helper for every addition of upto 100 students. The expenditure towards the honorarium of cooks-cum-helpers will be shared between the Centre and the States / UTs on the same pattern as given above.
iv. Determination of cost of construction of a kitchen-cum-store on the basis of State Schedule of Rates and the plinth area norm laid by the Department of School Education & literacy on the basis of number of children studying in the school. The cost of construction of kitchen-cum-store will be shared between the Centre and the states / UTs on the same pattern as given above.
v. Transportation assistance in the 11 special Category States [8 NE States, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Uttarakhand) has been made at pat with the PDS rates prevalent in these States.
vi. The payment of cost of foodgrains to FCI will now be made at the district level.
The above revision would involve an additional expenditure of Rs.10140.33 crore for the Central Government and Rs.4280.79 crore for the States / UTs for the balance period of the 11th Five year Plan.
The expected number of children to be covered under Mid day Meal Scheme during 2009-10 are 8.41 crore for primary and 3.36 crore for upper primary (total:11.77 crore children ) per school day. On an average 8.33 crore children of primary and 2.86 crore children of upper primary classes (total 11.19 crore children) were covered under the Scheme during 2008-09 by spending Rs.6687.99 crore and utilizing 20.23 lakh MTs of foodgrains.
The MDM is an ongoing scheme. The overall responsibility of implementation of the Scheme lies with the State / UT Governments. The revision of cost will be publicized through media and displayed outside the school walls for the information of all concerned and effective timely implementation . The target group under the Scheme are all children attending classes I-VIII in Government, Government aided and Local body schools, Education Guarantee Scheme (EGS) and Alternative & Innovative Education (AIE) Centres including Madrasas and Maqtabs supported under SSA. All such children are to be given a mid day meal on all school days.
The revised norms will facilitate the implementing agency to serve mid day meals to the children in prescribed quantity and of good quality. This will help children fight classroom hunger, concentrate better on classroom activities, break social barriers and foster social harmony besides providing nutritional support.