Rapid responses are electronic comments to the editor. They enable our users to debate issues raised in articles published on bmj.com. A rapid response is first posted online. If you need the URL (web address) of an individual response, simply click on the response headline and copy the URL from the browser window. A proportion of responses will, after editing, be published online and in the print journal as letters, which are indexed in PubMed. Rapid responses are not indexed in PubMed and they are not journal articles. The BMJ reserves the right to remove responses which are being wilfully misrepresented as published articles.
Like the mid-day meal scheme for children, child health could also adopt the same path to receive health incentives from, say, international organizations.
Centrally sponsored, the programme included
• Universalisation of primary education by increasing enrollment, retention, attendance & impacting nutrition of students
• Central assistance in the form of free grain supply & transport at subsidised rates.
In 1990-91, seventeen State governments were implementing the programme for primary school children between the age of 6 aand 11 years with varying degrees of coverage. Twelve states--namely, Goa, Gujarat, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, and Uttar Pradesh--were implementing the mid-day meal programme from their own resources. In three state--namely, Karnataka, Orissa and West Bengal--the programme was implemented partially with assistance from CARE. As reported by Ministry of Human Resource and Development, thirteen States and five Union Territories were administering mid-day meal programme as of December 1994.
Central Government Ministry of Education, State Government Ministry of Education, Child welfare and health promotion could join hands together to frame a working strategy to derive the maximum benefits from international agencies involved in child health and sustainable development goals.