Food from the centre and the public distribution department will be served at gatherings and canteens

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In order to encourage the purchase and consumption of millet in advance of the International Year of Millets in 2023, the department of food and public distribution under the Union ministry of consumer affairs, food, and public distribution on Monday ordered all of its offices to serve millet-based food in their canteens and meetings.

According to a statement from the ministry, “all offices of the Department of Food and Public Distribution (DFPD) have lately been directed to introduce and promote millets in their canteens and in meetings in order to boost consumption of millets and in view of their health benefits.”

Now, food products including biscuits, cookies, chocolates, and other snacks will be provided during departmental official meetings. The ministry advised using as many locally available millet-based goods as possible in the canteens, including “Millet/Ragi Dosa, Millet Mix Vada, Millet Mix Puri, and Idli/Ragi Ladoo.”

In order to promote the use of millets purchased for distribution in programmes like the Targeted Public Distribution System (TDPS), Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), and Mid-Day Meal (MDM) scheme, the ministry will recognise 2023 as the International Year of Millets.

The Union Health Ministry had previously ordered their canteens to serve nutritious cuisine rather than fried food. Ayurvedic khichdi, millet roti, ragi sheera, and baked samosas with banana filling are a few of the suggested menu items that are quick to make and healthy.