Centre to prepare convention on meals, diet safety on Wednesday

New Delhi: The Centre will arrange a nationwide convention on Wednesday geared toward strengthening India’s meals and dietary safety.

The convention will function a platform to replicate upon the challenges and alternatives for reaching the transformation of meals and diet safety ecosystem within the nation and lay down the roadmap for 2023-24.

Amongst different issues, the convention will deliberate on procurement of coarse grain and millets within the 2023-24 Kharif advertising and marketing season, grading of procurement centres, efficient implementation of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY), implementation of SMART – PDS (public distribution system), the launch of sugar-ethanol portal and the nine-year achievement booklet of the Ministry of Shopper Affairs, Meals & Public Distribution, rice fortification, provide chain optimization, and transformation of honest value outlets.

Union Meals and Shopper Affairs minister Piyush Goyal will launch the sugar-ethanol portal in the course of the convention, to be held in New Delhi.

Within the final 9 years, the Division of Meals and Public Distribution has undertaken numerous initiatives geared toward making certain focused and well timed supply of meals grains to the poor and susceptible. The implementation of the flagship PMGKAY from January 1 this yr, has enabled the availability of free meals grains to almost 80 crore beneficiaries.

Via these vital measures, the focused public distribution system (TPDS) has been strengthened and its effectivity enhanced. To additional maintain the progress and enchancment within the system, the division is planning to introduce new initiatives to boost the effectivity of the system and bolster the concentrate on meals and dietary safety.

Meals ministers and meals secretaries from all states and union territories are anticipated to attend the convention and promote collaborations and data sharing for the general improvement of the world of meals and civil provides.

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Up to date: 04 Jul 2023, 12:12 PM IST