About 11.8 crore students to be benefited as GoI to provide Monetary Assistance through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) under the MDM Scheme, announces Union Education Minister on Friday. In a series of tweets, Union Minister Dr. Ramesh Nishank Pokhriyal said that an additional fund of about Rs. 1200 Cr to be provided for this monetary assistance to the students.
The Government of India has also announced the distribution of free-of-cost food grains at 5 Kg per person per month to nearly 80 Crore beneficiaries under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PM-GKAY).
About 11.8 crore students to be benefited as GoI to provide Monetary Assistance through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) under the MDM Scheme. An additional fund of about Rs. 1200 Cr to be provided for this purpose. (1/5)— Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (@DrRPNishank) May 28, 2021
Additionally, to give fillip to Mid-Day meal Program, proposal is approved to provide monetary assistance to 11.8 Cr (118 Million) students through Direct Benefit Transfer of cooking cost component of Mid-Day-Meal Scheme to all eligible children, as a special welfare measure.
The decision is taken to safeguard nutritional levels of children & aid in protecting their immunity during challenging pandemic times.
The Central Government has also stated to provide additional funds of about Rs 1200 Crore to State Governments and UT Administrations for this purpose.
"This one time special welfare of the union Government measure will benefit about 11.8 crore children studying in class I to VIII in 11.20 lakh Government and Government aided schools across the country", added Union Education Minister Dr. Pokhriyal.