The National Programme of Nutritional Support to Primary Education (NP-NSPE) popularly known as Mid Day Meal (MDM) scheme aimed to cover all students in classes (I-VIII) in Govt./ Govt. aided Schools & Madrasas. The MDM scheme began in 1995 with dry meals in the form of fruit bread, baked porridge, raw wheat, rice and sweet/salted Mathis. In January 2006, the scheme was converted to provide cooked meals on a trial basis. Subsequently this scheme was extended to all Govt./Govt. aided schools and Madrasas. The objective of the Programme is to give a boost to Universalization of Elementary Education (UEE) by increasing Enrolment, attendance, retention and simultaneously improving the nutritional status of children in elementary classes.
Process of Plan Formulation
Cooked and whole some meal is served to eligible students. In order to ensure good quality and hygienic food following 3 reputed cooking institutes have been engaged to prepare and provide cooked meals:-
(i) Dr. Ambedkar Institute of Hotel Management, Sector-42, Chandigarh.
(ii) Chandigarh Institute of Hotel Management, Sector-42, Chandigarh.
(iii) Hotel Shivalikview (CITCO), Sector-17, Chandigarh.
Besides above, 7 Cluster based kitchens are also being run in Govt. Model Sr. Sec. School, Sector-10, 15, 26, 44, 47 and Govt. Model High School, Sector-38 & 42 to provide cooked food to 32 Schools. In all 120 institutes (110 Govt. Schools, 6 Govt. Aided Schools and 4 Madarssas) have been covered under the Mid Day Meal Scheme.
Coverage of Children/Working Days
In UT, Chandigarh total strength of eligible students of class 1st to 8th in respect of Govt./Govt. Aided schools and Madrasas is 99070. Approximately 50000 meals are prepared and supplied daily in schools, which are taken by about 70000 students because substantial numbers of student are from fluent families. Some students who have opted for MDM also bring their own Tiffin's and takes small quantity of MDM. Thus, the meals supplied by the cooking agencies are sufficient for more number of students as compared to the numbers of meals supplied by the cooking agencies. The quantity of food is supplied as per time to time requirement of schools to avoid any wastage of food. In this regard, a study has also been got conducted from the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID). In the report, CRRID has also stated that students of UT, Chandigarh take less MDM but improvement in overall enrollment, in retention rates, enhancing the overall nutritional of the children and social equality has been found. Thus, the coverage of children under MDMS in UT, Chandigarh is about 48-50%. However, efforts are being made by the department to improve the coverage of children by revising the MDM menu according to the taste of children.
Grievance Redressal System
Feedback from the students is taken on the proforma devised by the department to redress complaints of the students and improve quality of the MDM.
To redress the grievances of the parents a toll free helpline no. 1800-180-2053 & 0172-5021697 has been introduced which is displayed at the Schools.