ISSN: (Online) 2321 -4155
ISSN: (Print) 2320 -7000

 

JOURNAL OF INDIAN RESEARCH
VOLUME : 5, ISSUE : 2, April-June, 2017 (ISSN No. : 2321-4155)
 
       

EFFICACY OF MID DAY MEAL PROGRAMME IN SERVING ITS OBJECTIVES

Geeta Ozwald Menezes*

 
ABSTRACT
Despite rapid development made by India, over the decades, it has not been very successful in eradicating malnutrition and illiteracy, especially among its children. India's rank has slipped to 100th out of 119 countries on the Global Hunger Index, 2017. Mid Day Meal Programme (MDMP) was envisioned with a holistic view to encourage children to attend school regularly, satisfy their hunger and nutritional needs, improve their concentration in classrooms, nurturing their physical and intellectual growth, improve their socialization skills, and reduce gender disparity in education and also for social upliftment of women by creating employment opportunities. In-depth research has been carried out in recent years to debate and understand the vision and goals outlined in the MDMP. The present study, keeping MDMP objectives (as laid down by the MHRD) as a benchmark, strives to evaluate MDMP with specific reference to Mumbai’s municipal schools. The study is a descriptive one, based on intensive field work. Though thousands of crores have been poured incessantly into the scheme, over the years by successive well-meaning governments, one cannot overlook the fact that the programme has been dealt fatal body blows in the form of bureaucratic apathy, corrupt practices and shoddy implementation, emboldening a few detractors of the programme to question its continuance. The paper looks into the articulations by the critics and discusses the relevance of the programme in mitigating the crisis of gigantic proportion.
 
KEYWORD
Keywords: Mid Day Meal Programme, Mumbai, schools

 

 

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