Indian Army to reintroduce millets in rations of soldiers

Source: The post is based on the article “Indian Army to reintroduce millets in rations of soldiers” published in The Hindu on 23rd March 2023

What is the News?

The Indian Army has decided to reintroduce millet flour in the rations of soldiers.

Why has the Indian Army decided to introduce millet in the rations of soldiers?

The Indian Army has decided to introduce millets in rations to promote the consumption of grains in the backdrop of the United Nations General Assembly declaring 2023 as the International Year of Millets.

This landmark decision will ensure troops are supplied with native and traditional grains after over half a century when these were discontinued (in 1966) in favour of wheat flour.

Three popular varieties of millets flour — bajra, jowar and ragi — will be issued to troops, duly considering their preference. 

The grains will be procured and issued to the troops based on options they exercise and the quantity they demand.

What are the other steps being taken by the Army to promote millets?

Army has issued advisories across commands to ensure that millets are used extensively in organized functions, such as in Barakhanas, as well as in canteens.

The Army is also conducting centralized training of chefs to prepare delicacies made with millets.

‘Know your Millet’ awareness campaigns are also being conducted in educational institutions.

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