Modi Should focus On Mid-day Meal As Children’s Welfare

Mid-day Meal Budget For 2017-18 Is Rs 10,000 Crore.

Midday meal menu usually has vegetables, food grains and pulses apart form oil and fat components. The Union government allocating a paltry sum of Rs 132 crore this year towards the scheme as against last year’s Rs 1,296.5 crore.

More than a 100 million school children are benefited by the scheme. 

To sustain the scheme, the cash-strapped state governments which contributed just 10% of the funding for the midday meal scheme till last year, will now have to pump in more funds. Child rights activists fear that the per child cost or the amount of money to be spent per child per day towards meals, will go down from last year’s Rs 3.59 for primary classes and Rs 5.38 for upper primary classes.

Why the Rs 13,000 crore midday meal scheme still matters

In the 2013-14 budget Rs 13, 215 crores were allotted. The scheme that was set up in 1995 and as on April 2012 the scheme had touched the lives of over 11 crore children.

The scheme that was created to increase student enrollment and retention has also worked at  reducing chronic malnutrition and providing employment to the women. The scheme is the largest initiative of its kind in the world.

Records discovered that while the scheme employs over 24 and-a-half lakh cooks across India this is still short of the number required.

 

Modi government needs to focus a lot more on children’s welfare

According to the 2014 Annual Status of Education Report, only a fourth of all children in standard three could read a standard two text fluently.

When we discuss the development of a society, the core issue must be its children and their education. The more you invest in children the more you will secure the future of your country.

A disturbing trend for the world’s largest democracy that’s moving with an ambitious goal of becoming a superpower.

Getting children into school has been a national priority of the last 70 years. Today, the numbers have begun to look good, partly because the Right to Education is law.

But it seems public expenditure is hardly being made on the poor children. To make it clear, let me cite some recent statistics which would give us room to question the Central government’s spending on education.

The Centre has disposed of around 7 lakh tonne of pulses so far from a buffer stock of 20.50 lakh tonne, according to a senior food ministry official.

The government, for the first time, in October 2015 decided to create a buffer stock of pulses through imports and later by domestic procurement to ensure better prices to farmers and to use the stock to augment local supply in times of price rise.