Mid-Day Meal Scheme Pre-Budget

Mid-Day Meal Scheme Pre-Budget

Centre for Policy Research
25 January 2021

The National Programme of Mid-Day Meals (MDM) in School scheme is Government of India’s (GoI’s) flagship school-based feeding programme aimed at improving the nutritional status of students and promoting the universalisation of elementary education. Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, this brief uses government data to analyse:

■ Past trends in allocations, releases, and expenditures;
■ Provisioning of MDM during the pandemic including additional funding during the summer months;
■ Timing of GoI releases, with a focus on key components; and
■ Coverage.