‘Nutra Point’ scheme launched in Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar: Panchayat Raj and Law minister Arun Kumar Sahu today launched ‘Nutra Point’, a scheme by Bharat Nirman volunteers of Odisha under Swarojgar Yojana, at a function in the State Institute of Rural Development (SIRD) campus here.

Nutra Points are food vending carts where products made of soya will be available throughout the State. Snacks like burger, pavbhaji, samosas etc will be available at these carts. Under this scheme, youths will be encouraged for self-employment.

Among others, General Administration principal secretary Niten Chandra and SIRD deputy director Saroj Dash were present during the State-wide launching ceremony.

The scheme is an initiative of Social Response Initiative (SRI), the nodal agency for promoting activities of CG-Soya Products Pvt Ltd, Lakshya Natural Foods Pvt Ltd and CITICON, an autonomous organization under Chhattisgarh government.

Terming the scheme ‘double beneficiary’ in his speech, Sahu said, “Soyabeans are very much nutritious for health. This scheme will benefit for the people of our State and it will also generate employment opportunity for the youth. In both ways, it is beneficial.”

The minister said people need to be more aware about hygienic and nutritious food. For this, he asked the district-level administration to launch rigorous campaign to create mass awareness regarding nutritious food.

Addressing the gathering, SRI chief executive G.K. Pattanaik said, “Chattisgarh farmers are highly encouraged to harvest soya. After successful implementation of Nutra Point in the State, we have taken this initiative to promote it in Odisha too. The initiative will start engaging 2000 youths.”

He informed that initially Rs 25,000 will be invested by the beneficiary and will receive Rs 10,000 as subsidy. “Two types of shops will be there. Products like soya milk, soya curd, soya chocolate, snacks like sev, gathia, chakli etc price ranging from Re 1 to Rs 10 will be available in Nutra Shops. On the other hand, soya samosa, soya kebab etc will be available at Nutra Points,” he added.

CG-Soya director Manish Shah said, “This scheme has helped the people of Chhattisgarh both in terms of self-employment and as a nutritious scheme. Soya products are very nutritious for health. Problems like malnutrition can be deterred by consuming soya.”