Delhi Women and Child Development minister Rajendra Pal Gautam
NEW DELHI: Women and Child Development minister Rajendra Pal Gautam on Sunday announced that the menu of the Supplementary Nutrition Food (SNF) scheme for children, pregnant and lactating women would see a change. From next summer, between May and July, sweet candy (mishri) would be distributed in place of jaggery.
The decision was taken following feedback that, during summer, jaggery used to melt while packing and attracted bacteria. “To keep the food items dry and healthy, it was decided to replace jaggery with sweet candy. This will continue till the current SNF menu exists. The quantity of sweet candy will be decided as per requirement,” the minister said
The functioning of the aganwadi centres had been suspended temporarily in the first week of March, which renewed from March 19 with the aim of ensuring regular supply of supplements (panjiri/ paushtik laddoo) to around five lakh registered beneficiaries. He said the quantities of panjiri/paushtik laddoo were also fixed uniformly for each beneficiary at 140gms and panjiri at 110gm. “Each laddoo contains 500 calories and 12-15 gms protein,” he said.
Gautam said the menu of SNF was revised from May 20 this year and the laddoo was replaced with wheat dalia, raw black chana, jaggery and roasted black gram in different quantities for different types of beneficiaries.