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Issues with Mid-Day Meal Scheme

Posted on : 14 Feb 2020

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  • The program aims to “enhance enrolment, retention and attendance and simultaneously improve nutritional levels among children.” The program has the potential to end chronic malnutrition and starvation. However, the program has many issues which the government must immediately address.
  • There are too many layers of government involved in the scheme, resulting in poor information, coordination and monitoring.
  • A few examples of poor monitoring and coordination show the issues this scheme encounters. In July, 2013, 23 children from the Indian state of Bihar died as a result of unsafe food preparation. 
  • No special structure is there to look after the quality of food served, hygienic conditions and other aspects of the scheme.

Article Related Questions

  1. What are the major problems that plagued the effective implementation of mid-day meal scheme?
    1.There are too many layers of government involved in the scheme, resulting in poor information, coordination and monitoring.
    2.Rampant corrupt practices have been found from food procurement to distribution of hot cooked meals among children.
    3.Caste bias and discrimination continues in the implementation of the scheme
    4.It has decreased enrollment in schools, decreased attendance in schools, reduced performance of students in class in terms of better attention span and academic progress.
    Choose the correct option

  2. 1.1 and 2 only

    2.1, 2 and 3

    3.1, 2, 3 and 4

    4.2, 3 and 4 only

    Right Ans : 1, 2 and 3

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