Midday meals provided to students of schools should be mandatory tested by accredited labs each month for quality and nutrition under new rules notified by the government which will also make available an allowance if food is not given.
The move for tests came against the backdrop of frequent complaints of sub-standard food being distributed under the mid-day meal programme that covers roughly 10.5 lakh students across the country.
The Mid-Day Meal Rules, 2015, notified on Wednesday under the Food Security Act 2013, also seeks to fix responsibility on persons for non-supply of food for three consecutive school days or five days in a month.
It also seeks to improve efficiency in implementation by plugging loopholes, check irregularities and ensure quality of food served, officials in HRD Ministry said on Thursday.
Testing of the meals by accredited labs has been made mandatory under the new rules to ensure nutritional standards.