Originally MDM scheme was started- aiming at enhancing enrolment, retention and attendance at school besides simultaneously improving nutritional values among children, and since 1995 it has been implemented across the country’s primary and upper primary government schools and schools aided by the Centre or state governments. The scheme is the world’s largest school-feeding programme reaching out to about 12 crore (1.2 million) children in over 12.65 lakh (1.26 million) schools across the country.
Since states like Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Madhya Pradesh with high tribal population have been demanding that 30% of schools operating in these states are private; there is a need to extend the scheme to such private/unaided schools.
Hence, the GOI has now decided to expand the midday meal scheme to such schools in the districts with more than 20% tribal population.
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