PULWAMA, SEPTEMBER, 30:
Assistant Director, Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA), Pulwama has rebutted the reports of alleged plastic rice distribution among the ration card holders of the district.
The AD said that this “plastic rice ” is actually fortified rice meant for distribution and consumption by beneficiaries under the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) for eradicating mal-nutrition among them. “The fortified rice, meant for children, is nutrient rich and is provided to them under the ICDS and Mid Day Meal scheme. The extra nutrients including vitamins and minerals are added to broken rice and then shaped into rice like kernel using extrusion process”, he informed.
Giving vital information on the process, the AD said that during milling and polishing processes in post harvesting phase, many essential nutrients and minerals are lost which later need to be added to make the rice nutritious. He said that there is no scope for any panic since this is a well established process of fortification and has proven benefits on the health of the consumers.
The AD FCS&CA, Pulwama has urged people not to pay any heed to rumours as FCS CA Department Kashmir has time and again clarified on this “plastic rice” matter.