Govt to transfer 1,200 Crore in Students' accounts under Mid-Day-Meal and PMGKAY Scheme

The Government of India will provide Monetary assistance through DBT transfer of about 1200 Crore under the Mid-Day Meal Scheme. Govt will also distribute food grains at 5kg per person per month under PMGKAY scheme.

By Rohit Sindhu, Updated : May 28, 2021 16:34 IST
Govt to transfer 1,200 Crore in Students' accounts under Mid-Day-Meal and PMGKAY Scheme
Govt to transfer 1200 Crores in students accounts under MDM and PM GKAY Schemes

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).

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.

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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.