The Department of Food and Public Distribution, under the Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, on Monday directed all its offices to serve millet based food in their canteens and meetings to promote its purchase and consumption ahead of the celebration of the International Year . of millet in 2023.
“In view of promoting the consumption of millets and their health benefits, all the offices of the Department of Food and Public Distribution (DFPD) have recently been directed to introduce and promote millets in their canteens and meetings,” the ministry said in a statement. Is.” Statement.
Now food items including biscuits, cookies, sweets and other snacks will be served during official meetings in the department. The ministry said, “Bajra/Ragi Dosa, Bajra Mix Vada, Bajra Mix Puri and Idli/Ragi ke Laddu etc. should be used in the canteen and locally available millet based products should be used as far as possible. “
The ministry will observe 2023 as the International Year of Millets and promote the use of procured millets for distribution in schemes like Targeted Public Distribution System (TDPS), Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) and Mid-Day Meal (MDM) scheme.
Earlier, the Union Health Ministry had also directed its canteens to serve healthy food instead of fried ones. Baked Samosas with Banana Stuffing, Bajra Roti, Ragi Sheera, Ayurveda Khichdi are some of the foods that are easy to prepare and are beneficial for health.
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