An Updated Version Tackling Today's Challenges
The Indian government comes up with upgraded version of mid-day meal scheme so-called Pradhan Mantri Poshan Shakti Nirman Yojana( PM POSHAN). This new updated scheme extends to the students studying in pre-primary levels or Bal Vatikas of Government and government-aided primary schools with monitoring and nutrition and hemoglobin levels of school children.
Mid-Day Meal scheme was launched back in 1995 during the Narsimha Rao government in order to increase the enrollment of children in school and also to improve the nutritional status of millions of undernourished children across the country. The PM POSHAN will also monitor the nutritional levels of school children among other things like a nutrition expert will be appointed in every school to ensure that BMI, haemoglobin and weight levels of the students are monitored. Furthermore, special provisions for the traditional items will be made for children in the states that have high level of anaemia. Under under the aegis of the scheme, cooking competitions will be encouraged at all levels right from the village level to the national level to promote ethnic cuisine and innovative menus based on locally available ingredients. Additionally, to support vocal for local and fulfill the objectives of the Aatma Bharat initiative, PM POSHAN scheme will also bring women self help group and farmer producer organizations all together to make it successful.
The Mid-Day Meal 2.0 seems to bring a structural change and projects transparency in the system. 11.80 crore students will certainly benefit out of this scheme. change is a sine qua non and this undoubtedly brings a sense of trust in building the future of a children.