With a view to enhancing enrolment and attendance and simultaneously improving nutritional levels among children - the Mid-Day Meal Scheme (MDM) was started in Uttarpara in 2005. The program; supplies free lunches on working days for children in primary and upper primary classes in government, government aided, local body and Child With Special Need (CWSN) schools, supported under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, controlled by the School Education Department. The program has been taken up throughout India under the orders of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India.
The world’s largest school feeding program is reaching out to about 10745 children in 62 schools across Uttarpara Municipality jurisdiction. Over 180 Cook-cum-Helpers are working in various eligible schools under Cooked Mid-Day Meal Program(CMDM).
The Chairman is the Nodal Officer of CMDM for this Municipality. The District Magistrate and SDO are mainly responsible for implementation of the scheme. Similarly, DI, ADI and SI of Schools are responsible for day to day monitoring of the school. All Schools under UKM are entrusted to submit their up-to-date Report (Annual, Monthly and Health) within a specific time to Uttarpara Municipality, Mid-day Meal Section for analysing and better implementation of the scheme. The effective implementation is possible for this public utility scheme is, only by positive feelings of teachers, parents and respective personnel.
|Sl No||Type of Schools||Number of Schools||No. of Students enjoying Mid-day Meal|
|1.||Primary: (include 4 Nos. CWSN, 2 Nos. Local Body Schools)||40||4563|
|2.||Upper Primary: (include Govt., Govt. Aided & CWSN Schools)||22||6182|
|Yearly consumption in Rice-distributed to schools||Yearly expenditure in Cooking Cost||Yearly expenditure in Remuneration to Cook|
|Above 221 Metric Ton||above120 Lakhs||Above 27 Lakhs|
The mid-day meal program is a multi-faceted program of the Government of India that also include RBSK that launched in 2013, under National Rural Health Mission, aims at early detection and management of Deficiency conditions and Developmental Delays including Disabilities. The RBSK team visited at least 10 eligible schools in each quarter for health check-up of the children.
The Union Minister for Human Resource Development launched a comprehensive website: www.mdm.nic.in for creating greater awareness about the scheme to ensure transparency in the implementation of the scheme.