N. Tamilarasi, the Deputy Director (Child Welfare) from the Directorate of Social Welfare, Chennai, conducted random inspections at the noon-meal centres functioning across the district on Wednesday to evaluate the quality of meals supplied and the hygiene on the premises.

Official sources said that the inspection was conducted in the wake of recent incidents at Neyveli and Bihar where large number of students developed health problems after consuming the midday meals supplied to them.

Speaking to The Hindu , Ms. Tamilarasi said that the checks were carried out at the noon-meal centres functioning on government school premises to assess 36 parameters which include the quality of raw materials used for cooking dishes, store room facilities, cleanliness at the kitchens covering utensils, stock position of rice and oil, flooring and walls, and water facility, among others.

“It has also been checked whether the water source is situated close to the kitchens,”Ms. Tamilarasi said a detailed report on the inspection would be submitted to the Directorate of Social Welfare at Chennai on Friday.