It depends from school to school also that how they manage this. We can not assume that everyone involved in the process is corrupt. There are many honest and hard working people in our country and today whatever things are going smoothly is just because of them.
So the scheme is good but the people managing it should be sincere in their work. There are many complaints of this scheme from some schools and even people responsible for it were booked for this.
Knowledge is power.
This scheme is being implemented in some schools very seriously and I know where the Head Masters are taking a lot of interest and seeing this scheme is a success in their school. In our native place in Andhra Pradesh, the Head Mister is making this problem a big success and the attendance improved, he says, after the introduction of this scheme in his school.
There were some reports of sub-standard food, some local people making money by pilferage and supplying lesser quantity, adulteration etc.
The Government has to persist with this program and focus on increasing accountability and transparency in such programs. The poor students should attend the morning, then be eligible for one good free meal and day and the at least they will get nourishment and education.
The people below to poverty line should be willing to send their wards to get a little education and not send them only for the food during lunch time (being absent during school class hours).
As others said to encourage poor people also to come to schools might also be on of the reason for introducing this mid day meals scheme by government.
But this should be handled properply with out any corruption by middle people and contracters. Government should also conduct inspections on quality of the food provided frequently. Then only this scheme will become successful.