Mid-day meal scheme: what’s really being served? | Data Point podcast

As India sees a 6 year high in food poisoning cases connected to food served during mid-day meals are government and government aided schools, the challenges communities face, come to the forefront. 

October 07, 2022 12:53 pm | Updated October 10, 2022 11:26 am IST

The mid-day meal scheme is considered to be one of the government’s most successful initiatives. For thousands of children across the nation, this scheme guarantees that they get at least one meal a day. While this has led to increased school attendance, data and social audits reveal that the food being served is sometimes unhygienic, cold, contaminated, or nutritionally inadequate. Consequently, issues like food poisoning, are seeing a spike. 

In this episode, The Hindu speaks with experts on the benefits of the mid-day meals scheme, what they’ve seen on the ground and how to effectively implement feedback mechanisms. 

Guests: Dipa Sinha: faculty at Dr. B. R. Ambedkar University Delhi

Sylvia Karpagam: Public health doctor and researcher, works on right to health and right to nutrition 

Production credit: 

Sonikka Loganathan 

Correction at 11:45: Host says, "still, both Sylvia and Dipa agree, that of the two options, meals cooked in centralised kitchens are generally better."

It should be: meals cooked in decentralised kitchens are generally better

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