On 15 March 1995, Mr. P.V. Narsimha Rao (contemporary Prime minister) announced the “National Programme of Nutrition Support to Primary Education” (popular as mid day meal scheme)
This programme was initiated in 2408 development blocks of India. the objective behind this is to provide mid day meal in schools to those children who drop out of school to become child labour or to take care of their younger siblings at the age of 5-7 years.
It was decided in the beginning of the scheme that all the schools (government, running by local system and government aided) shall provide Mid Day Meal to their student but this could not implemented in entire country during expected period. In November 2004, while doing hearing of a public welfare petition by “People Union for Civil Liberties”, the high court directed that till 1st January 2005, this scheme should be enforced in all states of the country
Despite this, the truth is this that till today the students of many schools not even tasted the mid day meal.
In some states, this scheme is spoiled up in the caste contumacy. In Himachal Pradesh, the sawarn (one of the upper caste of Hindus) children denied to eat mid day meal, which was cooked by Anganwadi workers. In some states like, west Bengal, Bihar, Orissa, Punjab etc, the scheme is not implemented properly. Children are getting unclean rice or decayed grain (rice or wheat). In some states, the grain, provided by government is selling out in the markets, even in some schools ,teachers are distributing the grains among themselves.
Because of the above said reasons, now the central government is planning to form a conducting cum monitoring committees at states, districts and blocks level. There is also a plan to include children’s mother in these monitoring process.
Let’s wait for the results.