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The Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister has announced its decision to introduce the practice of ‘Tithi Bhojan’ as a part of the Mid Day Meal scheme. The HRD Minister headed a meeting of the Empowered Committee on Mid Day Meal Scheme to review the functioning of the Mid Day Meal scheme. The meeting consisted of representatives of State Governments, Food and Nutrition experts and senior officers of the Central Government. The Committee was formed last year.
Decisions of the Committee
The committee made the following decision during its meeting:-
- The members agreed to strengthen the monitoring system of the scheme
- Ensure greater community participation in the execution of the Scheme through Tithi Bhojan
- Introduce and implement a protocol for standards in food safety and testing, from 2015, to ensure the quality of the meal and compliance with appropriate nutrition standards
- Focus on establishing a community participatory model and use that to act as a system of checks and balance on the implementation of themid day meal scheme
- Creation of an open forum on the Mid Day Meal scheme’s website so that people’s opinion of the scheme may be shared online. Complaints can also be made on the forum.
- Crucial role for the community in checking quality of ingredients and preventing contamination
- Mandatory checking of meals at kitchen level
Some of the features of Tithi Bhojan are:-
- Tithi Bhojan was first successfully implemented in Gujarat, and will now be replicated across the country
- It seeks to involve the members of the community in the effort to provide nutritious and healthy food to the children
- The members of the community may contribute/sponsor either utensils or food on special occasions/festivals. This is completely voluntary, and the people in the community may contribute food items supplementary to the mid day already being provided like sweet, namkeen or sprouts.
- Greater participation and involvement of religious and charitable institutions is also being promoted
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On the birth anniversary of Jayaprakash Narayan, PM Modi launched the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana keeping his commitment, he made to the nation in his Independence Day speech.
The scheme is properly and religiously implemented will revolutionize the village economies and culture. It encourages MPs or Sansads to identify and develop one village from their respective constituency as a model village by 2016 and two more by 2019. This will ensure development of 2500 villages. Here are some of the highlights of the Yojana:
- MPs are required to pick one village with a population of 3000-4000 in plains and 1000-3000 in hills within a month of the launch.
- MPs cannot pick villages which belong to themselves or their spouses.
- The scheme requires them to draft a village development plan, motivate inhabitants to participate in growth via different activities, identify gaps in funding and mobilising MPLAD funds to create additional resources specifically from CSR initiatives of various corporate houses, in areas of sanitation and water supply.
- The outcomes of the same should cover a wide spectrum of indicators like health, nutrition and education through organising and monitoring immunization drives, improving standard and quality of mid-day meal schemes, improving Aadhaar enrolment, setting up “smart schools” with IT-enabled classrooms and e-libraries, Panchayat infrastructure improvement under schemes such as MGNREGA and Backward Regions Grants Fund etc.
- Social development and harmony should be encouraged through activities like identifying and celebrating a village day, a village song and also laying stress on alternate modes of dispute resolution.
- The scheme also has provisions to plug all gaps which were hitherto a mark of every government yojana. The implementation will be ensured by web-based monitoring and an initial 5-month review by an independent agency. District Collectors will carry ground-level surveys along with monthly review meetings to monitor progress . At the State-level too, Chief Secretaries will head empowered committee on the same and the Minister for Rural Development and Secretary, Rural Development, will chair two national-level committees to track the scheme.
This will transform lives of many for whom economic development never happened and also bring about a sense of pride, volunteerism, and self-reliance in villages.