It further stated that in accordance with the provisions of the Act, the HRD Ministry has finalised the MDM Rules after consultation with states and other related Central ministries.

The rules will be known as Mid-Day Day Meal Rules, 2015 and will be in effect from the date of notification in the Gazette of India.

The rules inter-alia provide for temporary utilisation of other funds available with the school for MDM in case school exhausts MDM funds for any reason; Food Security Allowance to be paid to beneficiaries in case of non-supply of meals for specified reasons; and monthly testing of meals on a random basis by accredited Labs to check its quality.

Further, the Rules also provide that concerned State Governments shall fix responsibility on the person or agency if meals are not provided on 3 consecutive school days or 5 days in a month.

These rules and their effective compliance by implementing agencies in the states will ensure better regularity in serving mid day meals in schools and also improve quality of the meals as well as overall implementation of the Mid Day Meal Scheme in the country. The salient provisions of the rules are as under:

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