Govt to provide monetary assistance to 11.8 crore students

NEW DELHI: The Union Minister for Education Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ on Friday approved the proposal to provide monetary assistance to 11.8 crore students through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) of the cooking cost component of the Mid-Day-Meal Scheme, to all eligible children, as a special welfare measure.

This is in addition to the Central govt’s announcement of distribution of free-of-cost food grains @ 5 Kg per person per month to nearly 80 Crore beneficiaries under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PM-GKAY).

This decision will help safeguard the nutritional levels of children and aid in protecting their immunity during the challenging pandemic times.


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The Central govt will provide additional funds of about Rs 1200 crore to state govts and UT administrations for this purpose. This one time special welfare measure of the Union govt will benefit about 11.8 crore children studying in class I to VIII in the 11.20 lakh Government and Government aided schools across the country.

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