Bhubaneswar, September 13 (LocalWire): Odisha will soon include ragi (millet) ladoos as part of the diet for the children at the Anganwadi centres.
The decision to include the ragi ladoos was taken by the state government on Thursday to enhance the overall nutrition value in the diet being served to kids at the centres.
According to sources, the high power committee of Odisha Millets Mission also adopted a policy decision in this regard.
The committee has proposed to add millets in the mid-day meal in Angul, Jajpur, Jharsuguda, Keonjhar and Sundargarh districts covered under District Mineral Fund, a senior official disclosed.
The committee also deliberated on various aspects of the Millets Mission and how to strengthen the scheme across the state, including integration with different government programmes to increase its consumption, and market linkage with bigger agencies for the sustainability of millet cultivation.
The high-powered committee stressed on creation of market linkage for millet, including use of online marketing platforms and state-run Orissa Rural Development and Marketing Society.
It may be recalled that as part of the food security programme for people living on the fringes, the state government had started to distribute ragi at a subsidised price of Re 1 per kg to each ration card holder in seven southern districts of Gajpati, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Koraput, Malkangiri, Nuapada and Rayagada since 1 July this year.
Following the PDS distribution of Ragi during 2018-19, the government has decided to conduct a survey to get feedback from the people.
Sources highlighted that the state government has proposed to procure one lakh quintal ragi from Karif producers in the current financial year.