Centre Targets Distribution Of 35 LMT Of Fortified Rice Till March 2022

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New Delhi: The Union Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today informed that the Centre targets distribution of 35 LMT of Fortified Rice till March 2022 in Phase 1.

In order to address anemia and micro-nutrient deficiency in the country, the Government of India approved the Centrally Sponsored Pilot Scheme on “Fortification of Rice & its Distribution under Public Distribution System” for a period of 3 years beginning in 2019-20.

Department of Food and Public Distribution in association with the Ministry of Women & Child Development and Department of School Education & Literacy has started distribution of Fortified Rice under Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) and PM POSHAN across the country.

Action plan for Procurement of Fortified rice for distribution under ICDS/ PM POSHAN and other schemes is as below:

Phase I:- 35 LMT of Fortified rice to be distributed till March 2022 in ICDS+ PM POSHAN schemes.

Phase II:- 175 LMT of Fortified rice to be distributed till March 2023 in ICDS+ PM POSHAN +291 Aspirational & High Burden districts.

Phase III:- 375 LMT of Fortified rice to be distributed till March 2024 in entire TPDS and OWSs.

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