Centre to provide special aid to 11.8 crore government school students

Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ has approved the proposal to provide monetary assistance to 11.8 crore students through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) under the Mid-Day-Meal Scheme.


A government school in Ukhrul (Photo: IFP)

The Centre on Friday said a one-time special financial assistance will be provided to about 11.8 crore children studying in class I to VIII in the 11.20 lakh government-run schools across India.

Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ has approved the proposal to provide monetary assistance to 11.8 crore students (118 Million Students) through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) of the cooking cost component of the Mid-Day-Meal Scheme, to all eligible children, the Union Education Ministry said in a release.

The ministry stated on Friday that the special welfare measure will give a fillip to the Midday Meal programme. This is in addition to the Government of India’s announcement of distribution of free-of-cost food grains @ 5 kg per person per month to nearly 80 crore beneficiaries under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PM-GKAY), it added.

The special assistance is expected to help safeguard the nutritional levels of children and aid in protecting their immunity during the challenging pandemic times.

The ministry said that the Centre will provide additional funds of about Rs 1200 crore to state governments and UT administrations for this purpose. This one time special welfare measure of the union Government will benefit about 11.8 crore children studying in class I to VIII in the 11.20 lakh government and government-aided schools across the country, the ministry added.

First Published:May 28, 2021, 5:36 p.m.

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