J&K's MDM scheme enters WFP report

World Food Programme (WFP) has mentioned Jammu and Kashmir for its Mid-Day Meal (MDM) programme run in the government schools amid COVID-19 outbreak, in its latest report.

The WFP, which is the food-assistance branch of the UN, in its report tracked the response of all states and Union Territories of India for providing school meals to students amid coronavirus outbreak.

“States and 2 UTs have started distribution of dry rations as well as food allowance which include Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Punjab and Jammu & Kashmir and NCT of Delhi,” reads the WFP report.

The school education department recently ordered for distribution two month advance dry ration (rice) among eligible students at their doorsteps and also to provide cooking cost through DBT into the accounts of the students or their parents.

The decision was taken in wake of the MHRD guidelines to all state and UTs to provide mid-day meals in schools or dry rations in lieu of cooked meals or a food security allowance in lieu of mid-day meals to school children. MHRD directed that the cost of food grains and cooking cost should be transferred to the beneficiary accounts.

The Mid-Day Meal (MDM) is a flagship programme of the Government India (GoI) wherein hot cooked meals are provided to government school children from class 1st to 8th.

The main aim behind the step is to enhance the enrollment, retention, and attendance of students in all government schools besides improving nutritional levels among students as well.