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India giving free ration to around 80 crores poor for last 7-8 months, says PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said India has been sans giving free ration to around 80 crores poor for the last seven to eight months in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“During the coronavirus crisis, many kinds of discussions are going on around the world about starvation and malnutrition. India has been providing free ration to about 80 crore poor for the last 7-8 months. During this time, India distributed foodgrains worth about Rs. 1.5 lakh crores to the poor,” Prime Minister Modi said during an occasion to release a commemorative coin of ₹75 denomination to mark the 75th Anniversary of India’s long-standing connection with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

“Another important work is being done to tackle malnutrition. Now such crops are being promoted in the country, which are having nutritious substances like protein, iron and zinc in high quantity. This year’s Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to the World Food Program is a big achievement. India is happy that our contribution and association with it has been historic,” he added.

Prime Minister congratulated everybody on the event of World Food Day.

“I congratulate those who are continuously working to eradicate malnutrition from the world. Farmers of India, our agricultural scientists, Anganwadi and Asha workers, are the strong fort of the movement against malnutrition,” he said.

The Prime Minister likewise committed to the country 17 recently created biofortified varieties of eight crops on World Food Day.

The occasion denotes the most noteworthy need concurred by the government to agriculture and nourishment and is a confirmation of the determination to totally eliminate hunger, undernourishment and malnutrition.

It was being seen by Anganwadis, Krishi Vigyan Kendras, Organic and Horticulture Missions the nation over.

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