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PURATCHI THALAIVAR MGR NUTRITIOUS MEAL PROGRAMME Tamil Nadu is a pioneering State which introduced the Nutritious Meal rogram during the vear 1982 The obiective was to enhance the enrolment of students and retain the attendance in schools and simultaneously to improve the nutritional levels among children. A Child who is hungry or ill cannot concentrate in his/her studies with full attention. Due to this factor a free hot cooked lunch is being provided to children in Primary and Upper Primary classes up to Tenth Standard in Government, Government aided Schools, Special Training Centres, Madarasas and Maktabs supported under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME To maximize enrollment and reduce school dropout rates . To provide nutrition to the under fed and under nourished To encourage children from disadvantaged backgrounds to To empower women by offering employment opportunities with a view to universalize elementary education. children. attend school regularly and to help them in attaining formal education
SALIENT FEATURES OF THE SCHEME i) Primary School children in the age group of 5-9 years and Upper Primary School children in the age group of 10-15 years are provided with hot cooked nutritious variety meals inside the school campus itself, for five days a week for a total of 220 days in a year. ii) The children enrolled under National Child Labour Proiect Special Schools in 16 Districts viz., Kancheepuram, Vellore, Tiruvannamalai, Namakkal, Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri, Salem, Coimbatore, Erode, Tiruppur, Thiruchirappalli, Dindigul, Virudhunagar, Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi and iti hof cooked nutritious variety meak Chennai are also provided with hot cooked nutritious variety meals for 312 davs in a vear. ii) Foodgrains (rice) @ 100 gm per child per school day for primary children (1ststd to 5th std) and @ 150 gm for upper primary (6th std to 10th std) is provided.
iv) Eggs are served to all children from 1st std to 10th std on all 5 working days. Colouring scheme for eggs for each day of the week, with impression "TamilNadu Arasu" (Tamilnadu Government) to prevent pilferage and decay v) Banana weighing 100 gms is provided for non egg eating children @ Rs. 1.25 per banana. vi) 20 gms of Black Bengal gram / Green gram is provided to children taking into consideration the present day protein, vitamins and calorific needs of the children vii) 20 gms of boiled potatoes on all Fridays to supplement carbohydrates. ix) In order to address iodine and iron deficiency among children and as a part of health intervention programme, Double Fortified Salt is used for cooking which prevents iodine deficiency in children thereby preventing goitre x) During important occasions, Sweet Pongal is served to children by using Jaggery and Ghee.
BENEFICIARIES IN SCHOOLS (NUTRITIOUS MEAL CENTRES) 2016-17 The total number of beneficiaries in Primary Schools (1st std to 5th std) are 26,88,345 covering 26,780 Nutritious Meal Centres. The total number of beneficiaries in Upper Primary schools (6th std to 8th std) are 21,10,620 and in respect of 9th and 10th std are 6,98,066 covering 15,993 Noon Meal Centres. As regards the National Child Labour Project 8,816 beneficiaries are covered by 274 Noon Meal Centres. Thus, total number of beneficiaries have been 55,05,847 in 43,047 Noon Meal Centres during the year 2016-17.
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