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.
- To reduce the fraud in the delivery system.
- Visioned as an aid for faster flow of information and funds to the 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- UP government has decided to give Mid-Day Meal allowance and food grains to primary student & inCOVID-19 Lockdown.
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.