The intention is to empower mothers of the children covered under the programme to supervise the preparation and serving of the meal and to exercise an effective vigil.
Mothers are encouraged to take turns to oversee the feeding of the children, thus ensuring quality and regularity of the meal. For this, they need to devote only a couple of hours once or twice in a month.
This simple intervention of â€˜mothers watchâ€™, gives them a voice and a role and greater ownership of the programme.
The State governments are expected to roll out a mass mobilization campaign to involve mothers.
Effective mobilization would include :
Preference to women in engagement of cooks cum helpers
Orienting mothers towards their role in supervision of the preparation and cooking of meal.
Bringing home to them the fact that their involvement, as the prime stake-holder, would substantially improve the regularity and quality of the meal.
Sensitizing mothers to the critical aspects of the programme required to be supervised by them.
Formalisation of ways of maintaining rosters to enable mothers to take turns on specified days of the year and participate effectively.
Getting their suggestions on strengthening the programme strategies, to enhance community involvement, value addition to meals, etc.