Quality Fortified Rice For All
A game changer for Anaemia
On 15 August 2021, in his Independence Day speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the fortification of rice distributed under various government schemes, including the public distribution system (PDS), Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) and Pradhan Mantri Poshan Shakti Nirman-PM POSHAN (erstwhile Mid-Day Meal Scheme (MDM)] by June 2024.
The entire cost of rice fortification which is estimated at around Rs. 2,700 crore per annum would be borne by the Centre as part of food subsidy till its full implementation till June, 2024.
- First phase, fortified rice is being distributed under ICDS and PM Poshan programmes.
- Second phase will cover targeted public distribution system (TPDS) and other welfare schemes in all aspirational and high-burden stunting districts by March 2023.
- Final phase, all remaining districts will be covered by March 2024.