The Population Research Centre's latest report on the Mid-Day Meal (MDM) scheme in Chandigarh reveals a stark divide among the consumption patterns of students depending on the type and status of school. Students in the rural government schools tend to consume a full meal as compared to their urban counterparts. This has lead to an increase in the enrollment ratios and improved the retention rates in the rural schools.

A conflict is brewing between the human resource development (HRD) ministry and the Food Corporation of India (FCI), with HRD Minister Arjun Singh writing to Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar complaining that adequate food grains are not being supplied to the states for the mid-day meal scheme.

Delay on the part of State governments to pick up their allocation for the Mid-Day Meal programme in April has cost them dear. As per a directive of the Union Food Ministry, the allocation for the first month of this fiscal has lapsed; a decision that has not gone down too well with the Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry. While HRD Ministry appreciates the rationale in the Food Ministry's contention that there should not be any retrospective lifting of foodgrains, it is of the view that the decision should not be forced upon States without a warning.

The mid-day meal programme, being run in the State, for school children at times makes headlines for all the wrong reasons. In several schools and anganwadis the tendency of providing sub-standard food or serving less food has become common. Government brings these schemes and programmes with good intentions but its implementation is not done properly. The basic aim of the mid-day meal plan is to create interest among the children towards school and study. On the one hand the children get food for one time in a day whereas in this pretext they come to study in schools.

Elementary education being the foundation of pyramid in the education system has been accorded high priority. To ensure "Education for All' the Department of School Education and Literacy has a multi pronged approach. Two flagship programmes are being implemented viz. the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and the Mid-Day Meal Programme (MDM).

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Tuesday called upon the corporate sector to perform its social responsibility in other sectors such as education, social service, power and development by working together with the people and the government. Addressing a session on public-private partnership at a national convention on "Corporate social responsibility' in New Delhi, Ms. Raje said the corporate sector's collaboration with other stakeholders would bring prosperity to it and help evolve its positive role in the progress of the nation.

The National Programme of Nutritional Support to Primary Education (commonly known as the Mid-Day Meal Scheme) was launched as a Centrally-Sponsored Scheme in August 1995.

Judgement of the Delhi High Court on the decision of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) awarding contracts
for providing cooked mid-day meals to students of Primary schools in Delhi dated 08/06/2007.

The land of battles has another battle up its sleeve now. So far, it has been unable to attract too many investments and is lagging behind in key development indices. However, all that is set to change now with the state Government finally taking some innovative measures.

NP-NSPE, 2006 seeks to address two of the most pressing problems for the majority of children in India, namely, hunger and education by: Improving the nutritional status of children in classes I – V in Government, Local Body and Government aided schools, and EGS and AIE centres; Encouraging poor children, belonging to disadvantaged sections,