The Human Resource Development Ministry on Thursday announced that a new committee would be set up to review the implementation of its flagship mid-day meal scheme with a view to monitoring the quality of food and ensuring hygiene standards.

This will be in addition to the existing panel that meets twice a year to review the implementation of the programme and gives its feedback to the States.

The new committee, likely to be headed by Union Human Resource Development Minister M.M. Pallam Raju himself, will have 20 members and have representation from civil society organisations, officers from related Ministries and other stakeholders. It will meet every three months.

It will also look into the effectiveness of the food supply chain and kitchen hygiene standards.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a function here, Mr. Pallam Raju said the mid-day meal scheme was very important for promoting primary education in the country.

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