T.N. government aims to distribute all millet varieties in all districts through PDS outlets: Food Secretary

Ragi distribution is to be launched in two districts this week, Dharmapuri and Nilgiris; the varieties of millet to be distributed will be increased, and they will be made available across PDS outlets in all districts in a phased manner, J. Radhakrishnan said

May 02, 2023 03:48 pm | Updated 06:01 pm IST - UDHAGAMANDALAM

J. Radhakrishnan, Secretary, Cooperation, Food and Consumer Protection, inspecting the civil supplies godown in Udhagamandalam on Tuesday. Also seen is S.P. Amrith (left) Collector, Niligiris district

J. Radhakrishnan, Secretary, Cooperation, Food and Consumer Protection, inspecting the civil supplies godown in Udhagamandalam on Tuesday. Also seen is S.P. Amrith (left) Collector, Niligiris district | Photo Credit: Sathyamoorthy M

The distribution of all millet varieties at all PDS outlets in all districts in Tamil Nadu is the mission of the government, said J. Radhakrishnan, Additional Chief Secretary, Food, Co-operation and Consumer Protection.

Mr. Radhakrishnan was speaking to presspersons in Udhagamandalam on Tuesday. He had arrived in the town to inspect godowns of the Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation in the Nilgiris, ahead of a programme on Wednesday to launch the distribution of ragi to PDS family card holders. The ragi distribution is being launched in the Nilgiris by Ministers K.R. Periakaruppan (Co-operation), K. Ramachandran (Tourism) and R. Sakkarapani (Food and Civil Supplies), along with Mr. Radhakrishnan and Nilgiris Collector S.P. Amrith.

Mr. Radhakrishnan told reporters that the ragi distribution is being launched in two districts, Dharmapuri and the Nilgiris alone, as the production of the millet was not in surplus. As announced by the Chief Minister however, millet varieties would be increased, and distributed at the PDS outlets in all districts, in a phased manner, he said.

In the Nilgiris, the monthly requirement for ragi is 400 metric tonnes, and the available stock on hand was 482 metric tonnes, he added.

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