Anaemia, a widespread problem in India, has had the government mulling over introducing iron fortified iodised salt to deal with the health issue.
At a meeting attended by different ministries held at the Prime minister's Office it was decided that consumption of iron fortified salt would be actively promoted.
The Integrated Child Development Scheme and Midday Meal Programme will use iron fortified iodized salt (double fortified salt - DFS).
The Department of Food and Public Distribution and the Ministries of Women and Child Development and Health & Family Welfare will be involved in campaigning to promote and supply DFS.
The Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion will work with in actively promoting the manufacture of iron fortified iodized salt, in conjunction with private industry and cooperatives.
The Departments of Health and Family Welfare and Health Research under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will undertake the responsibility of advising the Ministries of Women and Child Development, Human Resource Development and Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution on use of DFS.
Technologies for the double fortification of salt with iodine and iron have been developed by the National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) in Hyderabad.
The daily diet, especially among Indian women, girls and children, has very little amount of iron, which can be dealt with through building an awareness of iron-rich nutrition and supplements and through inexpensive ways as in DFS.