Topic: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes;
4. The Mid-day meal scheme has received considerable appreciation and is the world’s biggest scheme of its kind. Critically evaluate its performance. (250 words)
Difficulty level: Easy.
Why the question:
The Union cabinet Wednesday renamed the flagship school meal programme Mid-Day Meal as PM Poshan and pegged a total outlay of ₹1.31 trillion, including states’ share over five years.
Key Demand of the question:
To see the success and limitations of Mid-day meal scheme.
Critically Evaluate – When you are asked to evaluate, you have to pass a sound judgement about the truth of the given statement in the question or the topic based on evidence. You must appraise the worth of the statement in question. There is scope for forming an opinion here. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a fair judgment.
Structure of the answer:
Briefly introduce the Midday Meal Scheme as a scheme which is a school meal programme of the Government of India designed to improve the nutritional status of school-age children nationwide.
In the first part, mention the aims and objectives, and the features of the scheme.
Next, write about the Benefits of the scheme, various positive implications and successes etc.
Next, write about the limitations of the scheme and Key issues with the implementation of the scheme.
Next, write about the latest changes, its expanded scope and what further needs to be done.
Conclude with a way forward.