Bhubaneswar, October 17 (LocalWire): The state government is evaluating a proposal to introduce millets (ragi) in schools and Anganwadi centres to supplement the nutritional content in Mid-Day Meals.
Odisha has already been supplying millets from PDS outlets in Gajapati, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Koraput, Malkangiri, Nuapada and Rayagada districts since July last at a subsidised rate of Re one per kg.
The decision to add millets as part of the PDS supply is aimed at providing a nutritional supplement to the poor, and also to help the tribal economy by supporting the locals producing millet.
“The state government is now planning to include millets in the Integrated Child Development Scheme and Mid-Day Meal,” state chief secretary Asit Tripathy said while speaking at the National Workshop on Nutri-Cereals at the Krushi Bhawan on Wednesday.
He also informed that Odisha Millets Mission that was launched in 2017 has been extended to 72 blocks across 14 districts in the tribal areas.
“Odisha is the first state to introduce millets in the public distribution system. The Niti Ayog has recognised Odisha as a progressive model state in nutri-cereals.
The National Millet Mission launched in the year 2018 has provided a further boost to the campaign in the state,” Tripathy said.