PM in his I-day speech has announced the fortification of rice distributed under various government schemes, including the Public Distribution System (PDS) and mid-day meals in schools, by 2024.
What is Fortification ?
⦁ Fortification is a complementary strategy to fight malnutrition under which key vitamins and minerals such as iron, iodine, zinc, vitamins A & D are added to staple foods such as rice, wheat, oil, milk and salt to improve their nutritional content.
⦁ The Nutrient requirements and recommended dietary allowances (RDAs) for all age groups of the population including children are set and revised periodically by the National Institute of Nutrition – Indian Council of Medical Research.
⦁ The requirement of nutrients in children varies with the age, gender and nutritional status of the children.
Plan announced by the PM
- Malnutrition and lack of essential nutrients in poor women and poor children poses major obstacles in their development.
- In view of this, it has been decided that the government will fortify the rice given to the poor under its various schemes.
- Be it the rice available at ration shops or the rice provided to children in their mid-day meals, the rice available through every scheme will be fortified by the year 2024.