New Delhi, Dec 8: 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 in order to address anaemia and micro-nutrient deficiency in the country, Government of India approved 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 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.