Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Department of Food & Public Distribution (DoF&PD) is implementing the Centrally Sponsored Pilot Scheme on “Fortification of Rice and its Distribution under Public Distribution System (PDS)” for a period of three years beginning 2019-20 with a total budget outlay of Rs.174.64 Crore. The objective of this pilot project is to address anaemia and micronutrients’ deficiency amongst beneficiaries consuming rice supplied under PDS.
The objective of this scheme is to start Pilot projects in States and Union Territories with rice consumption (in Districts with prevalence of micronutrient deficiency). Based on the experience and learnings gained from these pilot projects, the distribution of fortified rice will be scaled up. The key objectives of the scheme are:
So far, 15 States, i.e., Andhra Pradesh (West Godawari District), Kerala (Ernakulam), Karnataka (Raichur), Maharashtra (Gadchiroli District), Odisha (Malkangiri District), Gujarat (Narmada), Uttar Pradesh (Varanasi District), Assam (Bongaigaon), Tamil Nadu (Tiruchirappalli), Telangana, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand and Madhya Pradesh have consented for implementation of the Pilot Scheme.
Out of these States, Maharashtra and Gujarat have already started distribution of fortified rice under PDS in the Pilot Scheme from February, 2020.
Fortified rice is produced by blending fortified rice kernels (FRK) with regular rice through use of various blending solutions in the ratio of 1:100. Fortification of rice in the Scheme has been approved to be done at source i.e. blending at milling stage. All rice (quantity required for distribution in the selected District) that is passed through the stages of milling and processing, must also be fortified by blending with FRKs before bagging rice for further distribution.
The incremental cost @ 60 paise per kg would be reimbursed to the rice millers through States/UTs for the total volume of fortified rice produced. The incremental charges will be shared between the Centre and the States/UTs in the ratio of 90:10 in case of North-East, Hilly and Island States and 75:25 in case of rest of the States.
To access the complete scheme guidelines, click here.
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