No Aadhaar card required for mid-day meal now

In a statement issued, the government reiterated that till Aadhaar number is assigned to any individual, the benefit will continue to be given based on alternate means of identification.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:March 7, 2017 6:19 pm
mid-day meal, mid-day meal programme, Delhi mid-day meal programme,Jay Gee Humanitarian Society,delhi schools, delhi government schools, dead rats on mid-day meal, india news, latest news, delhi news As per guidelines, cooked meals are to be provided with 450 and 700 calories and 12 gm and 20 gm protein contents for primary and upper primary schoolchildren, respectively.

Facing criticism for the making Aadhar card mandatory for the benefits of mid-day meal, the government on Tuesday cancelled its earlier order saying no one will be deprived of the benefits for lack of Aadhaar. In a statement issued, the government reiterated that till Aadhaar number is assigned to any individual, the benefit will continue to be given based on alternate means of identification.

It also directed the departments to provide Aadhaar enrolment facilities to their beneficiaries under Regulation 12 of Aadhaar (Enrolment and Update) Regulations 2016.

Considering the usefulness of Aadhaar in curbing leakages and bringing transparency in delivery system, the government had recently issued orders to use Aadhaar in several other welfare schemes funded from the Consolidated Fund of India. While these orders require beneficiaries of these programs to give their Aadhaar number, it has also been ensured that no one is deprived of the benefits for want of Aadhaar.

In case of Mid Day Meal scheme and under the Integrated Child Development Scheme, the schools and Anganwadis have been asked to collect the Aadhaar number of the children beneficiaries and in case a child does not have Aadhaar, the school or ICDS functionary will be required to provide enrolment facilities to a child and till Aadhaar number is assigned, the benefits will be continue.

The Opposition had slammed the NDA government’s move to link midday meal scheme benefits with Aadhaar card, saying the decision should not be “forced” on children.

Midday meal scheme (MDMS) is a centrally sponsored scheme to boost the universalisation of primary education by increasing enrolment, retention and attendance in primary and upper primary classes. As per guidelines, cooked meals are to be provided with 450 and 700 calories and 12 gm and 20 gm protein contents for primary and upper primary schoolchildren, respectively.

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    SubbuI
    Mar 7, 2017 at 1:10 pm
    NOW FOR ATLEAST ALL KIDS IRRESPECTIVE OF RELEGIOUS BASIS WIIL GET MID DAY MEALS IN SCHOOL AND OTHER ISUTIONS
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      A
      Mar 7, 2017 at 1:20 pm
      People do not differentiate kids by relegion.The amount of misuse being carried out in a sopposed to be developed state like TN is unimaginable.Hence the need to link Aadhar with the midday meal scheme to prevent the leaks in the system
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        yesodharan
        Mar 7, 2017 at 1:34 pm
        When fence itself is eating the crop, where is the role for aadhar. Now withdraw the order in full, let those great men looting from even poor kids bowl feel happy.
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          Needhi
          Mar 7, 2017 at 2:18 pm
          Aadhar is a big disaster waiting to happen. Aadhar is a retrograde step in a civilised world. People will realise it soon. Developed countries tried this and left it as it is a receipe for disasters. In india cybercrime is very much under reported.
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            Raghavendra
            Mar 7, 2017 at 1:07 pm
            One more U turn by the Govt.
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              Observer
              Mar 7, 2017 at 3:16 pm
              Welcome reviewed decision on Aadhar details for mid-day meals schemes in schools.
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                P M
                Mar 7, 2017 at 2:59 pm
                There seems to be sinister move to put PM , Modi in bad light .. how much only they want to portray him as such right from his earlier profession as tea seller to marriage , to academic to his involvement in Gujarat Riots to ... endless jumlas are being attributed to him
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