Support to mid-day meal workers


GOVERNMENT OF INDIA MINISTRY OF EDUCATION DEPARTMENT OF SCHOOL EDUCATION & LITERACY RAJYA SABHA UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 1317 TO BE ANSWERED ON 22.09.2020 Support to mid-day meal workers 1317. DR. AMAR PATNAIK: Will the Minister of Education be pleased to state: (a) steps taken by Government to support the mid-day meal workers in the country especially in the State of Karnataka who are hit hard by the pandemic; (b) whether Government has any plans to bring new schemes to address the mid-day meal worker’s distress arising out of the pandemic; (c) if so, the details thereof; and (d) if not, the reasons therefor ? ANSWER MINISTER OF EDUCATION (SHRI RAMESH POKHRIYAL ‘NISHANK’) (a) to (d): Under the Mid-Day Meal Scheme (MDMS), Cook-Cum-Helpers (CCHs)are engaged for preparing and serving mid-day meals at schools. They are honorary workers who have come forward for rendering social services. In recognition of their services, the CCHs are paid Rs.1000 per month as honorarium for 10 months in a year. Honorarium is also provided to CCHs for preparing and serving mid-day meals in elementary schools during summer vacation in drought affected areas notified by the concerned State Governments. The honorarium expenditure is shared between the Central Government and States/UTs as per the approved sharing pattern. Some State Governments and UT Administrations also supplement the honorarium by providing additional funds from their own resources.