In order to promote locally produced food grains, Uttarakhand Chief Minister TS Rawat on Friday launched organic prasad scheme. It will be made available on the Char Dham circuit and later in the 625 temples dotting the state.
“Our small initiative last season during which the prasad counter set up in the vicinity of the Badrinath temple managed to make good sales has emboldened us to set similar counters at other temples,” said TS Rawat, Chief Minister Uttarakhand while interacting with media persons today.
Women self help groups will be making the prasad.
“These women groups were able to earn a revenue of Rs 19 lakh and a net profit of Rs 9 lakh, which is a good sign. Such initiatives are aimed at sustaining the rural economy by providing a market to the local food grains,” said Rawat.
“These would be packed in baskets made up of ringal. Entire economy in the hills will thrive and will also fulfil our goal of doubling the income of the farmers,” stressed Rawat.
“We are seeking technical assistance from the government as the entire initiative will spur rural employment,” said Dr Anil Joshi, patron of HESCO.