Ranchi: In order to provide nutritious food to more poor people in the state at a subsidized rate, the Jharkhand government has decided to expand the Chief Minister Daal-Bhaat Scheme (cereals-rice scheme) from district to block levels.

Presently, 100 centres at district levels are providing low cost meal to more than 4000 people on a regular basis at minimal cost of Rs 5.

With the expansion of the scheme to block level, more than 300 people in each block will get meal (cooked cereals and rice) every day.

Minister of Food and Civil Supply, Mathura Prasad Mahato informed that plans aims at providing more nutritious food to the poor.

“Considering the health of the people who are dependent on the meal provided by the government, the ministry is planning to introduce soya bean and grams in the meal. The ministry is preparing budget for this purpose,” said Mahato.

“Moreover, surprise inspection will be conducted to ensure the quality of food. If required, a cell will be formed for this purpose,” added the minister.

It was also learnt that in order to strengthen the functioning of the scheme, workshops will be conducted for the officials and volunteers who are involved with the project.