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Mid-Day Meals play a crucial role in guaranteeing child nutrition in the post-pandemic world

School meals ensure nutrition for millions of vulnerable children across the world. Almost 370 million children worldwide are covered by school feeding programmes. While 100 million school children benefitted from the Noon Meal Scheme in India prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, countries like Brazil (48 million), China (44 million), South Africa (9 million) and Nigeria (9 million) too run similar programmes for school children. However, an estimated 39 billion in-school...

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Tamil Nadu noon meal scam: Income Tax seizures reveal payment of Rs. 2,400 crore in kickbacks to politicians, officials -S Vijay Kumar

-The Hindu Seizures from premises of Christy Friedgram Industry included documents related to suspicious payments and classified documents like proposals for posting of IAS officers. Chennai: The Income Tax Department has unearthed documents that expose an alleged nexus between a major supplier of food items for Tamil Nadu’s flagship Noon Meal Scheme and politicians, bureaucrats and their associates. Analysis of electronic storage devices and documents seized from the premises of Tiruchengode-based Christy Friedgram...

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Streamline Noon Meal Scheme before introducing breakfast, say activists -Aditi R

-The Hindu Officials are still in the process of finding out requirements across the State Chennai: Nearly one month after the State government announced that breakfast will be provided in schools as part of Noon Meal Scheme, officials are still figuring out the modalities of implementation, including the food variety and age group to be covered. “We are surveying the requirements across the State,” said a senior official from the Department of Social...

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Mid-day meals: High noon of welfare -Srinivasan Ramachandran

-The Times of India Blog Stepping Into 100th Birth Anniv Of MGR, We Recall How His Pathbreaking Nutritious Meal Project Was Conceived And Implemented July 1, 1982 was a turning point in the political history of modern Tamil Nadu, when M G Ramachandran, the then chief minister of Tamil Nadu, ate a meal with primary school children in Pappakurichi village in Trichy district, marking the beginning of the chief minister’s nutritious noon...

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States fail to implement MDMS with vigour, finds CAG report

In its performance audit of the Mid Day Meal Scheme (MDMS) carried out in 27 states (except Mizoram) and 7 Union Territories (UTs) during the period 2009-10 to 2013-14, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India has observed that the provision of noon meals in public schools could not stop children's enrolment in private schools because quality of education imparted is a major concern among the guardians. (Please check the...

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