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Eggs Under Midday Meal Scheme

Eggs Under Midday Meal Scheme:

From the next academic session, Karnataka is likely to become the 13th state to provide eggs under the midday meal scheme, which is among the largest initiatives in the world to enhance nutrition levels of school-going children through hot cooked meals.

  • The current version of the programme, renamed PM Poshan Shakti Nirman or PM Poshan in 2021, traces its roots to 1995.
  • It was launched as a centrally sponsored scheme on August 15 that year across 2,408 blocks for students up to Class 5.
  • In 2007, the UPA government expanded it to Class 8.
  • The scheme covers 11.80 crore children across Classes 1 to 8 (age group 6 to 14) in11.20 lakh government and government-aided schools and those run by local bodies such as the municipal corporations in Delhi under the provisions of the National Food Security Act, 2013 (NFSA).