Govt directs use of millet products during official meetings and in canteens

To be served in the form of snacks and quick bites

In order to promote consumption of millets and in view of their health benefits, all offices of the Department of Food and Public Distribution (DFPD), Government of India have recently directed to introduce and promote millets in their canteens and in meetings.

Millets may be included as one of the snacks/biscuits (having main raw material as millet) such as ragi biscuits/cookies/ladoos and baked millet chips etc. to be served in the meetings.

Millet/Ragi Dosa, Millet mix vada, Millet mix puri and Idli /ragi ladoo etc. (having main raw material as millet) to be used in the canteens and as far as possible locally available millet-based products should be used.

The year 2023 will be celebrated as International Year of Millets (IYoM). DFPD has been actively promoting procurement/consumption of millets in the country and utilization of procured millets for distribution in the TPDS/ICDS/MDM Scheme.

Millets consumption confers several benefits and helps in managing life style diseases. Due to their high density of nutrients including vitamins, minerals, phyto chemicals and dietary fiber, millets are also excellent grains to alleviate malnutrition and micronutrient deficiency.

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