New Delhi: The human resource development ministry has proposed major changes, like linking the cooking cost to the price index of food items, in the Mid-Day Meal (MDM) scheme so that it runs smoothly.

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The World Bank has expressed interest in supporting the newly launched Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) scheme for improvement of quality of secondary education in the country.

The Ministry of HRD has agreed to the proposal of the World Bank and has written to Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) for further action, DEA sources said.

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Chennai: Kerala is ranked No. 1 among the 21 major states (large in geographical area) in the latest composite Education Development Index(EDI) prepared for the primary and upper primary levels of schooling for 2006-07.

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.