(a) whether the Government provides eggs in Mid-Day Meal Scheme in schools in the country to tackle the problem of under-nourishment among children and to boost school attendance.
(b) if so, the details thereof including the number of eggs provided to children in schools, State/UT-wise and the amount of expenditure incurred for the provision of eggs during each of the last five years, year-wise; and
(c) whether the Government is considering to provide eggs in Mid-Day Meal scheme in all States in the country and if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor?
(a) to (c): The Mid Day Meal Guidelines prescribe the following nutritional content to achieve the objectives of the Scheme:ItemsFor children of Primary classesFor children of Upper Primary classes ItemsFor children of Primary classesFor children of Upper Primary classes
|A) Nutritional Norms (Per child per day)|
|Protein||12 gms||20 gms|
|B) Food Norms (Per child per day)|
|Food-grains||100 gms||150 gms|
|Pulses||20 gms||30 gms|
|Vegetables||50 gms||75 gms|
|Oil & fat||5 gms||7.5 gms|
|Salt & condiments||As per need||As per need|
However, Mid-Day Meal Scheme (MDMS) is a centrally sponsored scheme implemented in partnership with the States and UTs. The overall responsibilities for providing cooked and nutritious mid-day meal to the eligible children lies with the State Governments and Union Territory Administrations. The States and UTs fix their menu as per their local needs, in order to meet the prescribed nutritional content. Some States and UTs also provide additional items from own resources.