Hailakandi district in southern Assam has topped among the districts of the state in implementation of Mid-Day Meal scheme in August 2019.
Inspector of Schools, Rajiv Kumar Jha, said Hailakandi district has bagged the number one position among all the districts of Assam in the MDM automated reporting and management system uploaded on the Ministry of Human Resources Development portal.
As against 1,354 schools, an average of 1,258 schools reported data on a daily basis, thus registering a whopping overall percentage of 92.91. Morigaon and Dibrugarh districts have secured second and third positions, respectively.
The beneficiaries of the Mid-Day Meal programme are children in the age group of 6 to 14 years.
With a view to enhancing enrolment, retention and attendance and simultaneously improving nutritional levels among children, the National Programme of Nutritional Support to Primary Education (NP-NSPE) was launched as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme on August 15, 1995.
In 2001, MDM scheme became a cooked Mid-Day Meal scheme under which every child in government and government-aided primary schools was being served prepared meal with a minimum content of 300 calories of energy and 8-12 gram protein per day for a minimum of 200 days.
The scheme was further revised in April 2008 extending it to recognised as well as unrecognised madrassas under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.