MDM Scheme Certain Instructions | Mid Day Meal Scheme Certain Instructions

MDM Scheme implementation guidelines.  Mid Day Meal Scheme Certain Instructions, National Programme of Mid Day Meal Certain Instructions, A Video Conference was conducted by Dr. G. Vani Mohan on 19.07.2013 with RJDSEs and DEOs and the following instructions were given to effective implementation of MDM Scheme in all schools

Rc. No. SPL/MDM/B3/2017, Date :13 .02.2017
Subject: School Education - Mid Day Meal Programme - Certain Instructions issued on implementation of MDM - Reg.
1. Proceedings of the Director of School Education,Ts,Hyderabad Rc.No 643/MDM/2016,Dt.03/02/2017.

All the Headmasters of PS/UPS/High Schools Under all Managements where MDM is serving and all the Mandal Educational Officers in the District are here by informed that in the reference cited, The Director of School Education,TS,Hyderabad has informed that “There is an urgent need at Government level to sensitize the school teachers and the assisting staff to be vigilant and more careful while dealing with young children who require extra care and protection. There is a need to fix responsibility of teachers or the staff to control and manage the situation while the food is served to the children in the school”.

In this context the following instructions are issued to all the Headmasters of PS/UPS/High Schools Under all Managements where MDM is serving and all the Mandal Educational Officers in the District on implementation of Mid Day Meals Programme and adhere the instructions scrupulously.
1. The Headmasters and Teachers/cooking agencies should sensitized in dealing with young children.
2. Order priority shall be given while serving MDM from lower classes to higher classes and order and discipline shall be maintained.
3. More vigilant during the process of preparation of food, and serve hot food in Hygienic atmosphere and also take all precautions to prevent occurance of any untoward incident.

4. Impart training to the Implementing agencies and cook cum helpers at Mandal level on the Following:
a)knowledge dissemination regarding the calorific and nutritive values of Mid Day Meal.
b)Methods of cooking for retaining the nutritive value of cooking ingredients
c)Awareness regarding issues of malnutrition and also benchmark of nutrition.
d)Importance of Hand washing.
e)general health and Hygienic practices and concerns.
f)Communication skill.


5. to ensure that the kitchen sheds and cooking areas are away from class rooms.
6. One day orientation should be conducted at Mandal Level to all the Headmastres and demonstration to all cooks in the Mandal by the Mandal Resource Presons.
7. There should be a raised platform / table to keep the food containers away from serving area and cook cum helper should be made custodian of food containers during  serving of MDM
8. The Headmasters and Teachers / cooking agencies should be sensitized to be vigilant and more careful in dealing with young children.
9. MDM should be served on priority basis from lower classes to Higher Classes.
10. The Headmasters and teachers shall take all necessary steps to avoid students to stand in queue for fletching Mid Day Meals.
11. All the teachers should be present at the time of serving MDM to the children and the  children should be made groups class wise and class teacher shall ensure that the MDM is served in a systematic way.
12. The teachers have to keep the gap between two classes to avoid crowd at the time of serving MDM.
13. The students have to take Mid day Meals by sitting in the rooms or verandas in the  school under the supervision of the class teacher.
14. The Headmaster and Teachers should maintain order and discipline at time of serving Mid Day Meal.
15. The Headmasters to be vigilant during the process of preparation of food, and serve hot food in hygienic atmosphere and also take all precautions to prevent occurrence of  any untoward incident.
16. Impart training to implementing agencies and cook cum helpers at Mandal level on  cooking procedures to maintain quality, food safety and hygiene.
17. In case of any incident after taking MDM such as vomiting, food poisoning etc.,  Medical assistance from local PHC and emergency services of 108 shall be taken to  provide timely treatment.
18. Any negligence on part of cooking Agency/failure to monitor MDM by the Teachers  /Headmasters, shall be viewed seriously and action will be taken against the  Concerned.
The MEO’s are requested to inform the instructions to all the Headmasters of PS/UPS/High Schools Under all Managements where MDM is serving.
The receipt of these proceedings shall be acknowledged forthwith.

MDM Scheme Effective Implementation Guidelines for 2014-15
1. The District-level Steering cum Monitoring Committee meetings should be held every   month under the chairmanship of District Collector as per instructions issued in     G.O.Ms.No. 21, Edn. (SE-Prog.I) Dept., dated:10/03/2011 and review the scheme which   is not being done regularly and minutes are to be submitted to this office. The Village Organisation / parent teacher meetings should also be held regularly and MDM scheme should be reviewed critically to ensure that hygienic and nutritious food is served to the        School Children.

2. For effective implementation of the scheme, each mandal should be divided into three   parts and school in each part should be inspected by Mandal Educational Officer, Mandal Development Officer and EORD. They should take responsibility of inspecting  15 to 20 schools in their jurisdictions with overall responsibility lying with Mandal Educational Officer. The DEO / Dy.E.O / M.E.O must make  surprise visit every day of two schools  for inspecting MDM.

3. The Mandal Development Officer, Mandal Educational Officer and EORD should visit compulsorily two schools daily and see that the MDM is being implemented properly.
4. The inspecting/visiting officer should compulsorily taste the food being served to the children under MDM scheme and also every Headmaster/Teacher in charge of MDM of the school concerned must taste the food served under Mid Day Meals prior to serving     the children and ensure that the hot cooked meal is served to the children.

5.  The food grains being supplied under MDM scheme should be of Fair Average Quality       rice and they should be properly stored and utilized on First In First Out basis. The foodgrains are to be delivered at school point invariably.
6. Old stock of foodgrains are not to be utilized and to be returned back if not of the required quality.
7. The ingredients being used for cooking purpose should be properly stored in containers and only Iodised salt / double fortified salt, fresh oil to be used.
8. Fresh pulses and other ingredients are to be utilized as per the GOI norms.The MDM menu shall be displayed in the School premises in a prominent visible place.

9. In the districts where NGOs are serving MDM, such NGOs are to be instructed that the MDM should be of good quality & prepared in hygienic condition and to reach the school    in time and served hot. SHG groups / implementing agencies (CCH’s) shall cook MDM in the school premises only. They are not permitted to cook MDM at out side / in their houses. If any deviation, in this the HM of the school and MEO concerned are personally responsible.

10. Over head tanks must be cleaned frequently, using bleaching powder.
11. Good Sanitation and Cleanliness has to be maintained in the premises of the school and also at the place where food is being cooked, ensuring there is no stagnant water.
12. Cooking and serving utensils should be properly cleaned after use and dried everyday before and after use.
13. Only fresh vegetables are to be used and vegetables are to be washed properly before cutting in salt water and cut on a mat or mattress.

14. The firewood to be used to cook food should be stored in a place where there is no dampness.
15. The cook cum helpers must ensure utmost personal hygiene.
16. First aid kit with proper medicines should be maintained in school.
17. Ensure that children wash their hands with soap before and after eating.
18. Proper sanitation facilities are also to be provided for the children.
19. The attendance registers in the schools are to be cross verified with the food grains lifted and daily utilization by the inspecting officer.  The MDM registers and regular attendance    registers in schools are also to be checked during visit / inspection by inspecting officers duly verifying regular attendance and Mid Day Meals taken attendance registers.

20. The District Educational Officer/Mandal Educational Officer will be held personally responsible for the untoward incidents and action will be initiated against them and also on the implementing cooking agency for any lapse found.
21. RJDSEs should visit concerned district fortnightly and report irregularities if any in his findings.

22. The budget for construction of kitchen sheds under MDM scheme has already been released to all the districts (except Hyderabad).  But no significant progress in the construction of kitchen sheds under Mid Day Meal Scheme is noticed.  The construction of kitchen sheds should be completed (100%) by 15th August, 2014 where works are already started and where works are yet to be started the same should be started and completed by 31st August, 2014.

23. Proforma for Dy. EOs, MEOs, MDOs  and Consolidated proforma for DEOs and RJDSEs (to be submitted fortnightly to MDM Monitoring Cell) herewith enclosed.
24. The District Educational Officers will be personally held responsible for irregularities, lapses, untoward incidents happen, if any.

The following records are to be maintained at School/Cooking Agency level:
  1. Attendance Register
  2. General Register for MDM opted children.
  3. Rice issue Register
  4. Mid Day Meal Consolidated Monthly register.
  5. Monthly bills.
  6. Visitors Register.
The following records are maintained at Mandal Offices:
  1. Cash Book
  2. Sub Treasury Office Registers
  3. Stock Entry Registers
  4. MDM monthly data
  5. Visit Reports
The MDM Scheme Certain Instructions 2014-15:  Click here
The MDM Scheme Inspection Format:  Click here
Implementaion ofMDM Instructions: Click here
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