The Karnataka government has decided to add ragi malt to the midday meal programme of government and aided schools. This nutritious food will be served once in ten days. Read on to know the full story.
There is good news for schoolchildren in Karnataka. The state government has initiated the idea to add ragi malt to the midday meal programme. It has been decided to serve this nutritious food once in ten days along with the routine of giving two eggs a week and milk to combat malnourishment in school-going kids.
Madhu Bangarappa, the Primary & Secondary Education Minister of the state said that this step will be beneficial for more than 1 crore children studying in government and aided schools. They have also tested and certified the ragi malt packets with Central Food Technological Research Institute.
“The government is spending Rs 160 crore to provide extra eggs to schoolchildren. The education department has decided to seek assistance from corporates under their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm to improve facilities and meet additional expenditure in government schools,” the Primary & Secondary Education Minister added.
Ragi malt is an extremely nutritious drink that is prepared by mixing ragi flour with water or milk. As per a report by Agricultural And Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), ragi or finger millet is a good source of minerals, dietary fibre, polyphenols and protein. The calcium and potassium present in this millet play an important role in the overall health of the growing children.
Here is an easy recipe to make rag malt:
Ragi Malt Recipe