The National Food Security Act, 2013 guarantees children aged 6-14 years or up to Class VIII, one free mid-day meal every day (except on school holidays) in all schools run by local bodies, government and government aided schools to meet the following nutritional standards
Every school shall have facilities for cooking meals, drinking water and sanitation.
In urban areas facilities of centralised kitchens for cooking meals may be used, wherever required, as per the guidelines issued by the Central Government.
Currently, all children enrolled in the following schools are entitled to mid-day meals:
Schools run by local bodies
Education Guarantee Schools (EGS)
Alternate and Innovative Education (AIE) centres
Madarsas and Maqtabs supported under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan
National Child Labour Project (NCLP) schools
Supreme Court Orders
Most of the provisions of earlier Supreme Court orders on midday meals are included in the National Food Security Act 2013. However, these orders (which are not superseded by the Act) include some additional provisions.
28 November 2001 | 2 May 2003 | 20 April 2004
Guidelines issued by the Government of India in 1995, revised in 2006
Contacts (Central Government):
Minister (Human Resource Development)
Secretary (Human Resource Development)
Director (Human Resource Development)
Project Manager (Mid Day Meals)
File a Right to Information Application Online (only for central government)
Proactive Disclosure (Ministry of Human Resource Development)