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Post at: Jul 10 2021

DBT for Mid-day – Meal (MDM) Scheme

RECENT CONTEXT :

  • On 28 May, 2021 TheMinistry of Education has approved the proposal to provide monetary assistance to 11.8 crore student through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) of the cooking cost component of the Mid-Day-Meal Scheme to all eligible children, as a special welfare measure.
  • It is in addition to the Government of India’s announcement of Distribution of free-of-cost food grains 5 kg per person per month to nearly 80 crore benefiaries under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojna (PM-GKAY).

ABOUT DBT (DIRECT BENEFIT TRANSFER) :

It is an initiative by the government of India started on 1st January 2013, for directly transfer money into beneficiaries bank accounts.

NEED 

  • To reduce the fraud in the delivery system.
  • Visioned as an aid for faster flow of information and funds to the beneficiaries.

BENEFICIARIES

  • 11.8 crore children studying in the class I to VIII in the 11.20 lakh Government and Government aided schools in the country would be benefitted.

SIGNIFICANCE

  • It will give a fillip to the mid-day-meal programe.
  • Helps in safeguarding nutritional levels of children.
  • Aid in protecting the children’s immunity.
  • Provides additional funds of Rs. 1200 crore by the central govt. to state of UT for welfare measures.

CONCERN

  • In rural India, lakhs of ‘Jandhan’ accounts may here gone dormant leading to bouncing of aid transferred.

WHY DBT MID-DAY MEAL

  • To tackle the reporting of adulteration and mismanagement.
  • To improve nutritional levels among children especially in Pandemic-COVID-19 when educational institution is shut down completely.

Big Move

  • UP government has decided to give Mid-Day Meal allowance and food grains to primary student & inCOVID-19 Lockdown.

Conclusion

However, Mid-Day Meal Scheme is one of the country’s national flagships feeding scheme initiated in educational institutions but DBT adoption in MDM will bring transparency & terminate pilferage from the distribution of funds securing nutrition to the children. JAM Trinity can also be taken as a measure to improve the efficiency of MDM.

Amit Gupta


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