Education lays the foundation for the development of a society and hunger becomes an impediment to learning. Keeping this vision, the Nutritious Meal Programme was introduced by the then Chief Minister Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. M.G.R. on 01.07.1982. Tamil Nadu is a pioneering State which introduced the Nutritious Meal program during the year 1982. The objective was to enhance the enrolment of students and retain the attendance in schools and simultaneously to improve the nutritional levels among children.  A Child who is hungry or ill cannot concentrate in his/her studies with full attention. Due to this factor a free hot cooked lunch is being provided to children in Primary and Upper Primary classes up to Tenth Standard in Government, Government aided Schools, Special Training Centres, Madarasas and Maktabs supported under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.


  1. To maximize enrollment and reduce school dropout rates with a view to universalize elementary education.
  2. To provide nutrition to the under fed and under nourished children.
  3. To encourage children from disadvantaged backgrounds to attend school regularly and to help them in attaining formal education.
  4. To empower women by offering employment opportunities. 



i) Primary School children in the age group of 5-9 years and Upper Primary School children in the age group of 10-15 years are provided with hot cooked nutritious variety meals inside the school campus itself, for five days a week for a total of 220 days in a year.

ii) There are 18 centres for the children enrolled under National Child Labour Project Special Schools in Kanchipuram District are also provided with hot cooked nutritious variety meals for 312 days in a year.

iii) Foodgrains (rice) @ 100 gm per child per school day for primary children (1st std to 5th std) and @ 150 gm for upper primary (6th std to 10th std) is provided.

iv) During important occasions, Sweet Pongal is served to children  by using Jaggery and Ghee.


The Nutritious Meal Programme was introduced on 01.07.1982 for the Children in the age groups of 2 to 5 years in anganwadi and 5 to 9 years in primary schools. The scheme was extended to urban areas with effect from 15.09.1982 and further extended to all the children in the age group of 10-15 years from 15.09.1984.





Introduction of Variety Meals:

             As a special nutritional intervention 13 kinds of variety menu with 4 different kinds of egg masalas were introduced during the year 2013 in one pilot block of each district. After ascertaining the success of this scheme, the variety meals programme has been extended to the rest of the blocks in all Districts from 15.8.2014.


Provision of Eggs

The State provides eggs with minimum weight of 46 gms along with hot cooked nutritious variety meals is provided to the enrolled children on all school working days which provides 6.12 gms of protein and 80 kcal of energy.

Procurement of eggs with Agmark specification of ‘A’ for medium grade eggs is done through State level tender by following the provisions of the Tamil Nadu Transparency in Tenders Act,1998 and Rules,2000. Stamping of eggs with food graded colours has been introduced to strengthen the monitoring mechanism.

Provision of Pulses – Bengal Gram and Green Gram

On the first and third Tuesdays of every month 20 gms of ‘Black Bengal Gram’ is provided to each child in the form of ‘Pulav’ which provides 72 kcal of energy and 3.42 gms of protein.

On the second and fourth Thursday of every month 20 gms of ‘Green Gram’ is provided as ‘sundal’ to each child which provides 67 kcal of energy and 4.80 gms of protein.


Every Friday children are provided with 20 gms of chilly fried potato to increase the carbohydrate content, which has 19.04 kcal of energy and 0.32 gms of protein.


Bananas are provided to the children who do not eat egg. 100 gms of Banana provides 116 kcal of energy and 1.2 gms of protein,  806 children are benefited in this District.

Double Fortified Salt and Cooking Oil

Palmolein and Double Fortified Salt are supplied by Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation which are used in the preparation of nutritious meal. Palmolein is fortified with Vitamin A & Vitamin D which helps in prevention of Vitamin A & D deficiencies. Double Fortified Salt is fortified with Iodine and Iron which prevents Goitre and Anaemia.

Nutritional Norms

Sl. No Stage GOI Norms State Govt Provision

(In Kcl)


(In gms)


(In Kcl)


(In gms)

1. Primary 450 12 557.00 18.92
2. Upper Primary 700 20 735.00 22.77



The total number of beneficiaries in Primary Schools (1st std to 5th std) are 33311 covering 367 Nutritious Meal Centres in Kanchipuram District. The total number of beneficiaries in Upper Primary schools (6th std to 8th std) are 22191 and in respect of 9th and 10th std are 7475 covering 254 Noon Meal Centres.  As regards the National Child Labour Project 447 beneficiaries are covered by 18 NCLP Centres.  Thus, the total number of beneficiaries have been 63424 in 621 Noon Meal Centres during the year 2020-2021.


Due to this covid pandemic situation, many of the people became unemployed and turned into much more poor condition to meet out the day to day expenses. The distribution of dry ration and 10 eggs per month will make them sufficient to face this hard situation and the schools remains closed from March 2020 to till date. Government of Tamilnadu have instructed to distribute dry ration to all the Noon Meal Beneficiaries under this scheme from the month of May 2020 until the schools reopens in the following quantities.


Commodity Quantity Distribution from which month
Rice 100 gm per student per working day for Primary Class (1st to 5th Std.)

150 gm per student per working day for Upper Primary Class (6th to 8th Std.)

from May – 2020 to till date
Dhall 40 gm per student per working day for Primary Class (1st to 5th Std.)

56 gm per student per working day for Upper Primary Class (6th to 8th Std.)

from May – 2020 to till date
Egg 10 Eggs per month for per student

(1st to 8th Std.)

from September – 2020 to till date


Noon Meal Employee Details

  • Each Noon Meal Centre has three sanctioned posts of Noon Meal Organiser, Cook and Cook Assistant. But, if the number of Noon Meal beneficiaries in a school exceeds 500, an additional Cook Assistant can be appointed.
  • Only Women are employed in Noon Meal Programme.
  • 25% is reserved for special categories like widows and destitute women in the posts under the Noon Meal Programme.
  • 4% is reserved for physically challenged persons for the post of Noon Meal Organiser.

These employees are classified as ‘Part Time Permanent Employees’ with working hours from 9 am to 2 pm.

The Noon Meal Employees are also provided with Special Monthly pension, Lumpsum payment, Festival Advance, Pongal Bonus, Hill allowance and Winter allowance, Special Provident fund Gratuity Scheme, Additional Charge Allowance, Family Benefit Fund, New Health Insurance Scheme, General Provident Fund, Maternity Leave, Voluntary Retirement, Compassionate Ground appointment etc.,


Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation supplies rice, dhal, oil and salt at the doorsteps of the Noon Meal Centers in order to ensure quality and quantity.

Maintaining 45 days buffer stock at NMC level to provide meal without any delay


The Noon Meal Organizers are permitted to purchase vegetables and condiments locally using the funds credited as advance grant into their bank account through Electronic Clearance System (ECS).  From the year 2019, an amount of Rs.2.28 per primary school child and Rs. 2.42 per Upper Primary school child is provided to the Noon Meal Organizers towards this purpose.



      The cost of construction of kitchen-cum-stores is determined on the basis of plinth area norms and State schedule of rates prevalent in the State. Now, 20 plinth area is admissible for schools having upto 100 children and additional 4 plinth area for every additional 100 children can be added. The expenditure arrived out of the schedule of rates are shared in the ratio of 60:40 between the Centre and State. From the year 2011 upto 31.3.2018, 691 new Kitchen-cum-Stores have been constructed in combined Kanchipuram District.


            In order to create ‘smoke free atmosphere’ in the Noon Meal Centres, Modernisation of Noon Meal Centres have been taken up and LPG connection is provided to the centres exclusively out of State Funds. A sum of Rs.22,350 is provided per centre, which is inclusive of the cost of construction of cooking platform, procurement of gas stove and gas connection (including non returnable valve, safety measures etc.). The work has been completed in 1551 centres in Combined Kanchipuram District. All Noon Meal Employees have been provided training by the respective gas agencies in handling the gas stoves.


Government have sanctioned a sum of Rs.480.75 lakh towards the procurement of 19,230 Pressure cookers @ Rs.2,500 per piece in order to facilitate the cooking process easily and the same has been procured and distributed to the centres.

Noon Meal Centres are provided with necessary kitchen devices like Aluminium Dabara with lid, Stainless steel karandi, Indolium kadai etc., to facilitate cooking at a cost of Rs.5,000 per Noon Meal Centre. A sum of Rs.6.00 crore was sanctioned for 12,000 centres during the year 2017-2018.

In order to ensure the exact measurement of the daily ration used for cooking noon meal, electronic weighing scales will be supplied to the noon meal centres. A sum of `1.86 crore has been sanctioned to procure 43,200 electronic weighing scales.

National Programme for Mid day Meal

  • The Government of India initiated the National Programme of Nutritional Support to Primary Education (NP-NSPE) on 15th August 1995 as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme. During 1997-1998, the scheme was universalized across all blocks of the country covering children from 1st standard to 5th standard.  During October 2007, the scheme was extended to upper primary classes of 6th standard to 8th standard and the name was changed from ‘National Programme for Nutritional Support to Primary Education’ to ‘National Programme of Mid Day Meal in Schools’.
  • The Government of India provides fund for implementing the scheme with 60:40 sharing pattern between the Centre and State Governments. However, the cost of food grains, its transportation and Monitoring, Management and Evaluation (MME) component is fully borne by Government of India.
  • Government of India provides rice at the rate of Rs.3,000 per MT to children from  1st standard to 8th standard.  In addition, a sum of Rs.750 per Metric tonne is provided as transportation cost.
  • Government of India provides cooking cost (excluding the labour and administrative charges) @ Rs.4.13 for primary and Rs.6.18 for upper primary children.  However, the State Government provides more than the mandatory share of 40% so as to provide nutritious food to children.


Class MDM Norms (60:40) Centre (60%) State (40%) Additional State Contribution Total
(1st to 5th Std.)
4.13 2.48 1.65 2.98 7.11
Upper Primary
(6th to 8th Std.)
6.18 3.71 2.47 1.03 7.21
9th & 10th Std. 100% contribution by State Government 8.78



Training programmes are organized at regular intervals to orient the employees on nutrition, health, personal hygiene, storage of commodities and disposal of food wastes. The employees have also been trained by expert chefs in the preparation of variety meals.


Under the School Health Programme, health camps are conducted by the Health and Family Welfare Department in all schools to address the health and nutrition needs of the children The following activities have been taken up.

  • Screening for anemia, general health and other health problems – health care and referral.
  • Immunization, eye and dental check-up in particular.
  • Distribution of Iron Folic Acid (IFA) tablets.
  • Distribution of Deworming tablets.
  • Individual health cards are maintained for all children.

District Level Steering cum Monitoring committee Meeting

            Once in six months, Member of Parliament of this District takes up the review of every scheme in which the implementation of noon meal programme is also monitored.

Contact Numbers

 In District Level
Designation of the Officer Landline No. Mobile No.
Personal Assistant  to Collector,
(Noon Meal Programme)
044-27237695 7402606004


In Block Level
S.No. Designation of the Officer Mobile No. Landline No. Designation of the Officer Mobile No.
1 Block Development Officer(B.P.), Kanchipuram 7402606019 044-27277620 Deputy Block Development Officer (Noon Meal), Kanchipuram 7402902102
2 Block Development Officer(B.P.), Walajabad 7402606022 044-27256031 Deputy Block Development Officer (Noon Meal), Walajabad 7402902118
3 Block Development Officer(B.P.), Uthiramerur 7402606028 044-27272233 Deputy Block Development Officer (Noon Meal), Uthiramerur 7402902137
4 Block Development Officer(B.P.), Kundrathur 7402606038 044-27174152 Deputy Block Development Officer (Noon Meal), Kundrathur 7402902175
5 Block Development Officer(B.P.), Sriperumbudur 7402606033 044-27162757 Deputy Block Development Officer (Noon Meal), Sriperumbudur 7402902157
6 Commissioner,

Kanchipuram Municipality

7397372823 044-27222801 Manager, Kanchipuram Municipality

Contact Address:
 Personal Assistant to Collector,
Noon Meal Section,
1st Floor, Collector Office Building,
District Collectorate,
Kancheepuram – 631501.
Office Phone No. :  044-27237695
Personal Assistant to Collector (Noon Meal) Mobile No. : 7402606004
Office Mail Id: