Friday, January 24, 2014

Centre to Take NGOs out of Mid-day Meal Radar

Centre to Take NGOs out of Mid-day Meal Radar

Published: 22nd January 2014 08:45 AM
Last Updated: 22nd January 2014 08:45 AM
The Union Government has decided to ask states not to involve the NGOs for implementing the mid-day meal scheme.
The Ministry of Human Resource Development would raise the issue at the meeting of the empowered committee for the scheme, to be chaired by Human Resource Development Minister M M Pallam Raju on February 4.
Ministry sources said that it has been observed that many states and UTs have engaged the NGOs/centralised kitchen for the implementation of the scheme.
They pointed out that involvement of NGOs reduced the scope for community participation.
As per ministry records, more than 90 lakh children (about 10 per cent) are being fed by the NGOs/centralised kitchen across the country.
It is also observed that the NGOs are serving meals to the children in schools located in rural areas also, which is against the provision of the MDM guidelines.
The HRD Ministry would suggest the states, UTs to assess the need to engage the NGOs in the light of the MDM guidelines.
The minister observed that it has been found that the stakeholders,  particularly children and community members, are not aware about their entitlements and role under the scheme.
The ministry has developed two films on mid-day scheme and it would ask the states to use them as part of the strategy for creating greater awareness about the entitlements under the scheme.

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