participation, local communities are encouraged to celebrate important family events viz., birth
      of a child, success in exam, inauguration of new house, etc., by contributing to the mid-day meal
      served in the local schools. It is voluntarily served by the community/family among school
      children in several forms like sweets and namkeen along with regular MDM, full meals,
      supplementary nutritive items like sprouted beans, contribution in kind such as cooking ware,
      utensils, dinner sets or glasses for drinking water. All the states/UTs have been requested to
      consider adopting the practice of Tithi Bhojan with this nomenclature or any nomenclature
      suitable to the state/ UT governments. The concept has been adopted by different states with
      local nomenclatures like ‘Sampriti Bhojan’ in Assam, ‘Dham’ in Himachal Pradesh, ‘Sneh
      Bhojan’ in Maharashtra, ‘Shalegagi Naavu Neevu’ in Karnataka, ‘Anna Dhanam’ in Puducherry,
      ‘Priti Bhoj’ in Punjab and ‘Utsav Bhoj’ in Rajasthan.
      Implementation of Automated Monitoring System
           The Department of School Education and Literacy has put in place an automated system of
      data collection for real time monitoring of MDMS. Such data is being collected from schools
      with no cost to school headmaster and teachers. Under the automated monitoring system,
      states/UTs are setting up a suitable system of data collection (i.e. Interactive Voice Response
      System (IVRS)/ SMS/mobile application/web application) from schools on a daily basis and
      using it for purpose of monitoring and timely follow-up action.
      Cent per cent Aadhaar Enrolment of Children
           The Department issued notification for enrolment of cent per cent students in all schools.
      The use of Aadhaar identity document for delivery of services or benefits or subsidies simplify
      the government delivery processes, brings in transparency and efficiency. Enrolment of children
      under Aadhaar would enable to eliminate the proxy enrolment and provide the benefits of Mid-
      Day Meal Scheme to the deserving children in a seamless manner.
      Mid-Day Meal Rules
           The Mid-Day Meal Rules, (MDM) were notified under the National Food Security Act
      (NFSA), 2013. All the states/UTs have been advised to disseminate and enforce the MDM Rules
      2015 in all eligible schools. The salient features of Mid-Day Meal Rules include: (i) strengthen
      quality by making testing of food samples mandatory; (ii) enhanced role of school management
      committees in supervision of MDM in school; (iii) supply of foodgrains at NFSA rates of ₹ 3 per
      kg for rice and ₹ 2 per kg for wheat instead of BPL rates of ₹ 5.65 and ₹ 4.15 per kg
      respectively; (iv) food security allowance to be paid by the state government, if MDM is not
      provided in school on any school day due to non-availability of foodgrains, cooking cost, fuel or
      absence of cook-cum-helper or any other reason.
      Testing of Food Samples
           The Mid-Day Meal Guidelines for engagement of accredited labs by the state/UT
      governments are put in place for testing of the meals served in the schools.
      Social Audit
           Social audit means the process in which people collectively monitor and evaluate the
      planning and implementation of a programme or scheme. The social audit was conducted by
      Society for Social Audit Accountability and Transparency (SSAAT) in two districts viz.,