Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal has approved the proposal to provide monetary assistance to 11.8 crore students.
A total of 118 Million students will be benefitted with the monetary assistance through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) of the cooking cost component of the Mid-Day-Meal Scheme.
This will be provided as a special welfare measure to all the eligible children. Thus giving 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 of 5 Kg per person per month. It is given to nearly 80 crore beneficiaries under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PM-GKAY).
Government to Provide Monetary Assistance through DBT under Mid-Day-Meal Scheme
About 11.8 Cr students to be benefited
Additional Funds of about Rs.1200 Cr to be provided for the purpose
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Central government’s decision to provide monetary assistance will help safeguard the nutritional levels of children. It will also aid in protecting their immunity during the challenging pandemic times.
The Central Government will be providing additional funds of about Rs. 1200 crores to State Governments and UT Administrations for this purpose.
About 11.8 crore children studying in class 1 to 8 in the 11.20 lakh government schools and government aided schools will get benefitted from this one-time special welfare measure.