The number of children benefitted under MDMS has reduced from 10.8 crores in 2013-14 to 10.2 crore in 2015-16. Funds allocated have gone down from Rs. 12,200 crore in 2013-14 to Rs. 9,700 crore in 2015-16. However, the funding pattern changed from 75:25 between Central and States to 60:40 from April 2015, which influenced the budget data.
Only Rs. 8960 crore has been spent out of an allocation of Rs. 9700 crore in 2016-17. There is a decline in the utilization of the funds, despite the allocation being reduced. Out of 13.2 crore children enrolled in schools, only 10.3 crore are getting benefit under MDMS. Around 3 crore children are still beyond the coverage of MDMS. This information was presented before the Rajya Sabha on 21st July, 2016.
There is a shortage of basic infrastructural facilities and manpower which are crucial for the accomplishment of MDMS, according to a Parliamentary Committee Report published in December 2016.