Way back in 1984, Gujarat became the second state after Tamil Nadu to begin implementing the Mid-Day Meal Scheme. The main objective of the scheme was to provide freshly cooked meals to school-going children on every school day, completely free of cost. The scheme was designed to meet the following goals: increase enrolment rate, reduce the dropout rate, improve child nutrition, achieve educational advancement, and promote social equity. Since the implementation of the Mid-Day Meal Scheme, there has been a significant improvement in the nutritional and educational status among children. For instance, in 2011, it was reported that the literacy rate in Gujarat has risen to 79.31% as compared to 69.14% in 2001, with a male literacy rate of 87.23% and female literacy of 70.73%. In keeping with the same objective, The Akshaya Patra Foundation, an NGO in Ahmedabad began its mid-day meal service in the state.
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