||National Programme of Nutritional Support to Primary Education (known as the Mid-day Meal Scheme) was launched as a CSS on 15th August 1995 for the children studying at primary stage of education in Government, provincial primary schools and primary section of M. V. Schools in Assam. Consequent to the Hon’ble Supreme Court’s direction in 2001 to provide cooked meal to children, the Government of Assam launched the cooked Mid Day Meal Programme with effect from January 2005. It was extended to cover venture schools receiving financial assistance, Education Guarantee Scheme (EGS) and Alternative and Innovative Education (AIE). The scheme has been extended up to the upper primary stage i.e. up to class VIII with effect from 1st October, 2007 in 81 educational backward blocks of Assam. The scheme does not cover children studying in privately managed and unaided institutions.