Assam

Innovative Practices followed in the State :

MDM IEC Calendar :

State has provided MDM calendar to all schools and offices of Education Department and district administration with the information like suggested weekly menu, calorie chart, norms with respect to all components (Cooking cost, honorarium to Cook-cum-Helper, Transportation Cost, Days to be served MDM, food grains entitlement etc). The calendar also displays best initiatives in the State portraying children of schools. The SSA-MDM Toll Free Number and address for communication to State MDM Offices have also been enlisted in the Calendar.

Group Hand-washing before Mid-Day-Meal :

Assam model of Group Hand-washing before Mid-Day-Meal is one of the best model in the country with low cost high value principle, which is appreciated at the national/international level. As reported, this activity has enhanced enrolment and retention of children in schools vis--vis reduced the diseases like diarrhea, skin disease etc.

Kitchen Garden in schools :

State has promoted Kitchen Garden in schools with the help School Managing Committees and the line department. Most of the schools (4,022) have developed Kitchen Garden in their school campus. Leafy & green vegetable in kitchen garden is found to be a good source of nutrients for children in these schools.

(Source : AWP&B- 2016-17 State write up)