Deputy commissioner KK Yadav has asked the state director general school education to cancel the contract of the non-government organisation (NGO) functioning from Khurla Kingra after sub-standard meals were found to be served from the kitchen.
The quality of the food had been under the lens for more than a year now with the district administration receiving several complaints on the matter.
"The NGO, functioning from Khurla Kingra prepares food for midday meal for around 35,000 students of 199 government primary schools. Its food was found to be sub-standard," said the DC.
In 2014, Punjab education minister Daljit Singh Cheema had also served a show-cause notice to the same contractor of the midday meal.
He added that a report on the working of the contractor was prepared on the recommendation of the DGSE.
"The letter recommending cancellation has been sent to the education department," Yadav said, adding that now the final decision was to be made by the DGSE.
"The tenders for the new contractor and other terms and conditions will be finalised by the education department," he claimed.
Earlier the district administration had also started midday meal monitoring software for updating daily attendance and status of midday meal served to students through short message service (SMS) to the administration.
It was after several complaints regarding food being served late were received. Last year, the serving of sub-standard food as part of mid-day meal remained a major issue. Several instances were reported where students were even served flies, cockroaches and insects in the food.
This had forced the district administration to form a committee last year to check the quality of the midday meal on daily basis.