Mid Day Meal Scheme • Covers all children studying in Classes I-VIII in govt, govt aided local body, EGS and AIE centers including Madarasas supported under SSA. • Addresses hunger and education of majority of children in India • The Working Group on Elementary Education & Literacy for the 12th Plan has recommended coverage of private unaided schools located in the SC, ST and minority concentration districts, under the MDMS, in a phased manner, during the 12th Plan. • The Government has provided Rs.11937 crores for the Mid Day Meal Scheme (MDMS) scheme in the current year. Object of MDM 1. Improve nutritional status of children 2. Encouraging poor children, belonging to disadvantaged sections to attend school more regularly and help them concentrate on classroom activities 3. Providing nutritional support to children of primary stage in drought affected areas during summer vacation.