Vedanta raises nutritional supplement worth Rs 2.95 cr in MDM

Bhubaneswar: As a part of its CSR programme, Vedanta has come forward to enhance nutritional supplements in mid-day meals (MDMs) of 66,500 children in government and government-aided schools under Berhampur Municipality, Chattrapur and Hinjlicut blocks of Odisha’s Ganjam district.

A memorandum of understanding has been signed to this effect with Manna Trust, which is in charge of operations of centralised MDM kitchen at Berhampur, a company release said.

The company will spend over Rs 2.95 crore in the current fiscal to ensure distribution of two eggs per week, which provides 248 calories per week per student, in mid-day meals provided to 81,500 students it has targeted in Kalahandi and Ganjam districts, it said.

As per guidelines of centre?s MDM Program to meet the protein requirement it is necessary to provide children two eggs a week as egg proteins have the highest nutritive quality as compared to any other dietary protein.

Last year Sesa Sterlites Ltd (SSL), Lanjigarh had added two eggs per week to the MDM component on request by Odisha government.

It provided boiled eggs twice a week along with MDM to 15,000 students of 187 schools of Lanjigarh block in Kalahandi district. In financial year 2015-16, SSL is expanding its outreach to 81,500 students with inclusion of the above mentioned areas of Ganjam district.

According to a company spokesperson, MDM centralised kitchen programme is one of the steps to ensure right to food and right to education to children of disadvantaged section of society from Kalahandi and Ganjam districts studying in class I to class VIII by providing them 450 calories and 12 grams of protein in primary schools, 700 calories and 20 grams of protein in secondary schools with one wholesome meal on every school day.