Following a pilot project in which salt fortified with iron and iodine was distributed at selected districts, the ‘Samajwadi Namak’ will now be available at fair price shops across the state, according to officials.
“Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav launched Samajwadi Namak Vitran Yojana (SNVY) as a pilot project in 10 districts of UP. Under this, the salt was to be sold at subsidised rates. The districts which had been selected at that stage were based on high incidence of cases of anemia among children below 5 years of age. Now the scheme will be extended to other districts of UP. The process is expected to begin by the end of this month,” said Agra district civil supplies officer B K Shukla.
Low sodium and anemia are a result of inadequate intake of dietary salt. ‘Samajwadi Namak’ will be available at subsidised rates at fair price shops to those below the poverty line (BPL) and holders of Antyodaya cards, according to officials. This is in addition to subsidized wheat, rice and sugar which are already available at ration shops across the state.