The Government of Andhra Pradesh introduced the Mid Day Meal Programme in 1982 experimentally in all the Abhyudaya Pradhamika Patasalalu (Model Schools). Due to certain constraints like inadequate finances, this program could not be sustained. In this article, we are given the MDM Scheme in Andhra Pradesh details here
The government of India launched the Scheme in January 2003 for the children studying in Primary Schools (Classes I to V). Extended to the children studying in Upper Primary Schools (Classes VI to VIII) in October 2008.
Extended to the children studying in High Schools (Classes IX & X) also in October 2008 with 100% state funds. Further extended to the children studying in Special Schools under NCLP from the academic year of 2010-11.
|Name of the Scheme||Mid Day Meals|
|Date of Launched||January 2003|
To avoid classroom hunger
To increase school enrolment
To increase school attendance
To reduce the gender gap
To foster social equality
To address malnutrition
To promote community participation Women empowerment
Working Days: No. of working days for Primary, Upper Primary during 2012-13: 220 days.
The menu is flexible, with cooked rice, dal and vegetables, sambar, “Pulihora” being generally the main menu, with egg twice a week and banana to students who do not eat eggs.
MANAGEMENT AT SCHOOL LEVEL
Head Master: Certifies attendance of students. Supervises the quality of food. Ensures Hygienic conditions
Teachers: Inculcate good habits, Hygiene of students, Taste the Food before serving
Mothers: Observe cleanliness of vessels, Kitchen shed, Process of Cooking, verify Serving Egg / Banana twice in a week.
Community: Supervision of Cooking, Observation of cleanliness and nutritional values. Food norms / menu implementation.
A provision is made for payment of honorarium to cook-cum-helper @ Rs.1000 per month i.e. Rs. 750/- and Rs.250/- per Month as Central and State share respectively is made.
The CCHs are engaged as follows:
One Cook-cum-Helper – for Schools having up to 25 students;
Two Cook-cum-Helpers – for Schools having 26 to 100 students;
One additional Cook-cum-Helper – for every addition of 100 students.
There are (7) Non-Governmental Organizations serving MDM in 9 districts i.e. Visakhapatnam, East Godavari, SPSR Nellore, Chittoor, Kadapa, Anantapur, Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy and Medak districts covering 2420 schools.