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Scheme for Distribution of Iron and Vitamin rich Fortified Rice to be launched on State Foundation Day in Chhattisgarh

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Scheme to be started as pilot project in Kondagaon district.

State Government provisioned Rs 5.80 crore for the scheme in the budget

In a significant move, Bhupesh Baghel government is going to launch an innovative scheme of fortified rice distribution on State Foundation Day i.e. on November 1. This scheme of distribution of iron and vitamin rich fortified rice would be initially started as a pilot project in Kondagaon district.

Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel had announced this scheme in his budget speech for the fiscal year 2020-21. State Governmen has made budget provision of Rs 5.80 crore.

This fortified rice kernel (FRK) consists of iron, vitamin B12 and folic acid, which on consumption would meet the nutritional requirements in the diet and would help in controing malnutrition. This rice would be distributed in Kondagaon district through Public Distribution System (PDS) and other public welfare schemes, as per the parameters set by FSSI.

In Kondagaon district, the entire stock of rice would be fortified and disributed under PDS and other public welfare schemes. Two rice mills have been assigned the task of rice blending to manufacture fortified rice.

In Kondagaon district, there are 1.11 lakh ration cards under National Food Security Act and 23,204 ration cards under the state scheme, which makes a total of 1.34 lakh ration cards. The total annual allocation of rice in this district is 60,188 tons, which includes allotment of 55,068 tons of rice for PDS and that of 5,120 tons of rice for welfare schemes, mid-day meal, supplementary nutritional food etc.

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