The authors used nationally representative data on mothers and their children spanning 1993 to 2016 to assess whether MDM supports intergenerational improvements in child linear growth.
The court also stressed that the panchayat system may be used, and NGOs may be roped in to deliver food to children in rural areas.
On account of the pandemic, the financial year has been extended till June 10.
Many parents can provide just one meal
The objective of the scheme was to address anaemia and micro-nutrient deficiency in the country.
The Jharkhand government earlier hiked the pay by Rs 500, taking the total to Rs 1,500 per head each month.
Following an Express story on irregularities in the mid-day meal scheme in tribal areas, senior officials visited the localities and issued a stern warning to the mid-day meal staff.
Since schools were shut owing to the pandemic, the Tamil Nadu government had ordered supply of dry ration to government school students to prevent malnutrition among children.
Students complained of stomach pain and vomiting after eating the food and were taken to the Janbai dispensary before being shifted to the Balimela Dam Project Hospital in Chitrakonda.
The students suffered from vomiting, head reeling and stomach pain after taking mid-day meals in the schools.