MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT (Dr. SHASHI THAROOR)
(a) No Madam. The States/UTs have been advised to implement the Mid Day Meal Scheme in an uninterrupted manner, without affecting the nutrition of the eligible children.
(b)&(c) States like Jammu & Kashmir, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Punjab, Haryana and Maharashtra have asked for additional funds for LPG cylinders on account of the withdrawal of subsidy.
(d)& (e): The matter was taken up with the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas to supply subsidized LPG cylinders under the Mid Day Meal Scheme. The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has advised that the additional burden could be compensated by the Ministry of HRD through the existing budgetary provisions of the Mid Day Meal Scheme.
(f) The additional burden on the Mid Day Meal scheme, due to the withdrawal of subsidy on LPG cylinders, for six months of the year 2012-13, is Rs.752 Crores.