Taking action against the school authorities, an FIR was lodged against Principal Vinod Kumar, teachers Sanjive Kumar, Munnu Persad and Babita, and the supplier of the meal -- NGO Jankalyan Samiti.
The NGO, which has been supplying midday meals in 30 schools in the district, has been blacklisted and food samples have been sent to a laboratory for testing.
According to reports, the dead rat was found at the bottom of the vessel in which the 'urad dal' had been cooked.
The old noon meal centre in the school premises was temporarily renovated to allow the staff to cook food.
Official added that for the past few days, three non-meal staff were found to be serving food to students cooked in an unhygienic environment.
Currently, there is no scheme for taking feedback from a neutral party on the scheme.
Preliminary enquiry confirmed the presence of a dead lizard in the ‘dalma’ served to the children in mid-day meal which is likely to have contaminated the food.
The Commissioner of School Education was instructed to look into the expenditure for the enhanced pay from the budget provision of 2019-20.
Currently, there is no provision for taking feedback from a neutral party on the scheme, through which meals are provided to nearly 10 crore school children.
The number of children availing mid-day meals fell by nearly 80 lakh in last three years
In his complaint, the block education officer had alleged that Pawan Kumar Jaiswal deliberately shot the video doing 'despicable work' of maligning the image of the state government.