Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday has decided to scrutinize the mid-day meal being served to children in schools across the state. The development comes a day after 22 kids died after consuming contaminated meal in a Bihar school.

In the first phase of the government’s move, mid-day meal coordinators will visit schools in all six districts of Lucknow on a monthly basis. A detailed letter issued by Mahendra Singh Rana, divisional additional director (education), said that all basic education officers have been asked to step up checking the quality of mid day meals being provided at primary schools.

Each coordinator has been asked to visit at least four schools every month and ensure that the food is hygienic, uncontaminated and fresh. Orders have also been given that students should not be given the meal until a teacher or manager of the school tastes the food.

Rana said that while the Bihar tragedy has spurred the need to scrutinize the quality of mid-day meal, proper steps should also be taken to ensure that quality food is being provided to that students. "The department is always careful that there is no compromise on the quality of food and from time to time, we check the quality of food," he said.


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