Union Government asked Bihar, TN, Rajasthan to introduce milk in mid day meal scheme

Jun 26, 2015 12:12 IST

Union Government on 25 June 2015 requested the Chief Ministers of Bihar, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan to encourage supply of free milk in the Mid Day Meal to school children.

Milk Products will be provided with an aim to increase the nutritional level in the Mid Day Meal for school children.

The decision was made in a review meeting in which it was found that the State Milk Federations of these states have surplus stock of skimmed milk powder.

In relation to supply of free milk products to students, Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh has written a letter to these states.

At present, two states Karnataka (under project Ksheerabhagya started in 2012-13) and Madhya Pradesh provides free milk products to school children under the Mid Day Meal scheme.

Comment
The serving of milk under mid day meal scheme would help the milk producers and cooperatives because milk contributes close to a third of the gross income of rural households. On the one hand, it will lead to increase in the purchase of milk and on other hand, it will financially empower the rural folks residing in these states.

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