Hyderabad: Chief Secretary SK Joshi on Saturday said the Karnataka Health Promotion Trust (KHPT) was extending technical support, under the aegis of Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), to the State Medical and Health Department to expand the food fortification programme in the State.
Speaking at a meeting with officials from different departments here, Joshi directed the officials to submit a report on establishing an authority to offer nutritionally rich food to people and the next generations. Services of KHPT should be utilised in this regard, he said.
Accordingly, the Women and Child Welfare Department was instructed to take up measures for rice fortification. Along with establishing fortified rice kernel plant, all measures should be taken to fortify the rice produced in the State, the Chief Secretary ordered.
The Civil Supplies department, educational institutions and Women and Child Welfare Department were entrusted with the task of creating awareness on the benefits of fortification among the people. Prof. Jayashankar university will study the impact evaluation and efficacy assessment in other States and extend support accordingly.
Experts said milk, rice and edible oil nutrients can be offered at minimum cost and the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India had already issued regulations regarding food fortification.
The Chief Secretary directed the officials to prepare a vision chart for fortification of milk, rice, edible oil and wheat flour, besides the expenditure to be incurred, according to a press release.