2023 has been declared as the International Year of Millets by the UN General Assembly. Millets have always been part of an Indian traditional home but with the coming of easily accessible, over-the-counter processed foods, they took a backseat over the years.
With awareness of nutritional values of millets like ragi, jowar, bajra being created on different fora, the Chandigarh Millet Mission took it a step further by holding a workshop at Senior Citizen Home, Sector 15, Chandigarh.
The event was attended by about 40 residents of Senior Citizen Home, Sector 15 & Sector 43, and the staff. A live cooking session was conducted by the chefs from CIHM (Chandigarh Institute of Hotel Management) . Millet recipes were demonstrated to the participants.
Millet-based games were organised by the Chandigarh PGI team, out of which the snake and ladder game was the most entertaining. Games had been beautifully designed so that one can easily learn about different millets and their health benefits while playing.
The event was hosted by the Department of Social Welfare, Women & Child Development, Chandigarh Administration in liaison with Food Safety Department, Chandigarh, PGIMER Chandigarh, Chandigarh Institute of Hotel Management and Elderline Chandigarh.
The objective was to sensitise the beneficiaries to adopt the habit of inclusion of millets in their daily diet. During the workshop, experts from PGIMER, FSSAI, and CIHM conducted interactive and knowledgeable sessions on the nutritional and environmental benefits of millets.
Chandigarh Millets Mission was launched on 12 November 2022 by Nitika Pawar, Secretary Social Welfare, Women & Child Development, Chandigarh Administration. Under this campaign series of activities are being organized such as demonstration of millet recipes, distribution of IEC material, promotion through social media handles, recipes video on the youtube page, online and offline awareness sessions, e-goshties, etc.