11.8 cr students to benefit from financial help by government under Mid-Day Meal scheme

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Around 11.8 crore students are set to benefit from the government’s plan to provide financial help through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) under the Mid-Day Meal scheme.

To help safeguard the nutritional levels of children, the central government has decided to provide financial help to 11.8 crore students under the Mid-Day Meal scheme through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) of the cooking cost for the meals.

Union Minister for Education Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ has approved the proposal for the same.

Why was this decision taken?
With schools closed for montsh due to Covid-19, this move will give a fillip to the Midday Meal programme.

This is in addition to the Government of India’s announcement of distribution of free-of-cost food grains at Rs 5/kg per person per month to nearly 80 crore beneficiaries under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PM-GKAY).

This decision will not only safeguard the nutritional levels of children but will also aid in protecting their immunity during the challenging pandemic times.

Additional funds of Rs 1200 crore
Additional Funds of about Rs1200 crore will be provided by the central government to the states and UTs for the special welfare measure.

This one-time special welfare measure of the Union Government will benefit about 11.8 crore children studying in Classes 1 to 8 in the 11.20 lakh government and government-aided schools across the country.

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