Topics: Technology, Food, Shelf life Pages: 4 (1109 words) Published: December 2, 2013

Press Release
28th Feb 2012
DRDO Bhawan, Delhi

Enhancing food security through DRDO-developed Dal-Roti packs Montek Singh Ahluwalia launches ‘BASIX Aahaar’; calls for possible integration of project with mid-day meal and child development schemes

Mr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission today launched ‘Aahaar’, the DRDOdeveloped high shelf life dal and roti packs to cater to the needs of the ‘Aam Aadmi’, use during long journeys, nutritional feeding, catering programmes and other similar civilian applications. Giving the keynote address at the launch function, Mr. Ahluwalia urged the ‘Aahaar’ project collaborators – DRDO, BASIX (a social enterprise group) and FICCI - to explore the possibility of integrating the project with the mid-day meal scheme and the integrated child development scheme with “acceptable fortification’ to serve the nutritional requirements of children between the ages of three and six.

He said that as women in rural areas get engaged in larger numbers in farming activities, rural India is bound to generate local demand for the dal and roti packs. The involvement of women self help groups in the formation of small production units using DRDO food technologies would go a long way in enhancing livelihoods of the rural community, he said.

Dr. Saraswat, Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri and Secretary Deptt of Defence R&D, & DG DRDO in his address stated "DRDO not only develops state of the art weapon systems for our armed forces, but also innovative technologies and processes to keep our forces fighting fit. DRDO’s life sciences labs have made tremendous contribution to the armed forces, right from scientifically selecting personnel with suitable physical and psychological state of preparedness, to helping them perform with high efficiency and effectiveness, even under extreme stressful conditions. Technologies to provide packaged ready to eat nutritious food meeting Indian tastes and traditions...
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