Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin has launched the expansion of the State government’s flagship Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s Breakfast Scheme to benefit 17 lakh students of classes 1 to 5, studying in 31,008 government schools across the State, at a cost of ₹404.41 crore.
A survey conducted among 10 lakh children, of less than six years of age, in urban areas, to check their nutritional status revealed that nearly 92,000 were malnourished.
The government provided nutrient supplements to them, and as a result, 62,000 children recovered from malnutrition.
The objective of the breakfast scheme was to eradicate hunger by enhancing the nutritional status and reducing malnutrition among children.
This scheme would also reduce the burden on working mothers and increase the attendance and retention of children in schools.