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Budget should focus on mid-day meals: Madhu Pandit

Feb 26, 2015

The upcoming budget will be decisive to push forward the MDM programme, says Madhu Pandit Dasa, Chairman, The Akshaya Patra Foundation.

Madhu Pandit Dasa

New Delhi: With the new Government’s development agenda, expectations are very high. The promise of a ‘Transformational Budget’ by Narendra Modi’s Government have inspired hope in us in boosting the National Programme of Mid Day Meals in Schools, popularly known as Mid-Day Meal (MDM) scheme.

The measures & reforms taken in this budget will be decisive to push forward the MDM programme which has emerged as the world’s largest feeding programme for school children from India.

2015 is the international year of evaluation of Millennium Development Goals as declared by UN and we hope the budget this year allows us to particularly focus on evaluating and expanding the School mid-day meal programme.

This years’ budget is crucial to organisations like The Akshaya Patra Foundation which operates on Public Private Partnership model. With more support from the Government, we can aspire to scale up and reach more children across India.

About Akshaya Patra

Started in 2000, The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation running the mid-day meal programme in partnership with the Central & State Governments. Beginning with just 1,500 students across 5 schools in Bangalore, the Foundation now feeds over 1.4 million children across 10,661 Government and Government aided schools in 23 locations, across 10 states of India every day.

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