When schools reopen for the new academic year 2020-21, an additional supplement of an egg every week will be added for the first time to the midday meals served to students of primary schools in Goa. Many other states are already supplementing the midday meal with eggs, milk and fruits.
The Goa government too had considered serving fruits some years ago through the horticulture corporation, but plans fizzled out as retaining the freshness of the fruit till the time it reaches the student might prove difficult.
“After detailed discussions, the project approval board-midday meal approved the proposal of the state to provide an egg once in a week for six months to 87,500 primary school children at an estimated expenditure of Rs 105 lakh, comprising of Rs 63 lakh as central share and Rs 42 lakh as state share,” states the approval by the central government to the state’s proposal.
In previous reviews, Goa had been asked to consider adding supplementary nutrition to the midday meals like milk, eggs or fruits. “A total of 26 samples of meals were collected by the Food & Drugs Administration (FDA) from randomly selected schools for testing their energy and protein. Only three samples were found substandard for which necessary remedial actions were taken by the state directorate of education,” Goa informed the central government officials at the review.