Additional fund Rs 2284.50 lakh allocated for NE's mid-day meal

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Agartala, Dec 5 (UNI) The Union gvoernment has allocated an additional fund of Rs 2284.50 lakh towards management, monitoring and evaluation of Mid-Day Meal scheme for Northeastern states during the period of October 2007 to March 2008.

Official sources here today said besides, financial assistance Ministry of Human Resource Development has sanctioned 14549.69 MT food grains for five months for the region excluding Sikkim.

Assam got the sanction of Rs 2001.60 lakh and 12740.07 mt food grains followed by Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Tripura, Manipur, Nagaland and Mizoram, officials said. Assistance of Rs 55.14 lakh and 353.08 mt food grains were allocated for Tripura.

According to plan, an additional 1,66,96,676 children of the country are likely to be covered in 3479 Educationally Backward Blocks (EBBs) in 2007-08 under the Mid-Day Meal Scheme after its extension to the upper primary stage.

The additional amount allocated and released to the states towards extension of Mid Day Meal Scheme to upper primary classes in 3479 EBBs for 2007-08 following the proposals approved by the Mid Day Meal Programme Approval Board (MDM-PAB).

Officials, however, said the enrolment in primary schools (class I to V) had steadily increased from 107.1 million in 1995-96, the year in which Mid Day Meal Scheme was introduced, to 130.8 million in 2004-05.

Similarly, dropout rate (Primary) has also decreased from 42.07 in 1995-96 to 29.00 in 2004-05. State wise details of enrolment and drop outrate (primary) for years of 1995-96 and 2004-05 and the progress was due to Mid Day Meal Scheme in combination with various interventions provided under different schemes of the Central and state governments for Universalisation of Elementary Education, they added.

UNI

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