Union govt lauds Kerala, other states for providing nutrient-rich foods in school

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New Delhi: The Union government has praised states, including Kerala, for their mid-day meal scheme in schools. Union education minister Dharmendra Pradhan lauded the efforts taken by south Indian states to provide nutrient-rich foods to children.

His remark came while responding to queries raised by NCP MPs Dr Amol Ramsingh Kolhe and Supriya Sule in Parliament. The majority of the south Indian states provide special nutritious foods, including eggs and milk products, in addition to the main menu. 23 lakh school students receive mid-day meals through Pradhan Mantri Poshan Shakti Nirman (PM POSHAN), he added.

PM POSHAN, earlier known as the National Programme of Mid-Day Meal in Schools, is one of the foremost rights-based centrally sponsored schemes under the National Food Security Act, 2013 (NFSA). The primary objective of the scheme is to improve the nutritional status of children studying in classes I-VIII in eligible schools.

In Kerala, along with the meal, eggs, milk, and fruits are also provided. There are also schools that offer fish or chicken dishes once a week with the help of PTA funds.

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