Women SHGs to manage mid day meal scheme in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The State government has decided to hand over the management of mid day meal (MDM) scheme at schools to women self help groups (SHGs). The Mission Shakti and School and Mass Education departments today issued notification in this regard.

The decision is expected to ensure better implementation of the mid day meal scheme at government and government-aided schools where students from 6-14 years old get education. The State government will employ around 15,000 SHGs for running the MDM scheme, the world’s largest school food supply programme.

Initially, women SHGs will manage the MDM scheme at the schools having more than 100 students.

The District Education Officer (DEO) will provide the list of schools having more than 100 students to the District Social Welfare Officer (DSWO) to facilitate selection of suitable SHGs. Selection of the WSHG for MDM management will be done by Collectors, a notification issued by the School and Mass Education department stated.

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