SHILLONG, Sept 3: In line with the Centre’s push for millets,
Assam Rifles troopers are slowly reducing rice and wheat from
their diet and replacing it with high-fibre millets to boost their
overall health, force chief Lt Gen PC Nair has said.
The paramilitary force has introduced 10 per cent millets in
their ration, the director general said.
“In place of rice, we are giving johar, bajra and ragi and in place
of wheat, we are giving them dalia,” Lt Gen PC Nair told PTI.
He said as India celebrates the International Year of Millets,
Assam Rifles has also adopted this ‘often neglected’ staple food
of the Indians.
According to the DG, “We are giving our soldiers chapatis and
khichdi. In addition, we have made a recipe of various things
that can be made from millets and we have distributed it to our
On health benefits, Nair said, “Earlier, our soldiers were given
rice and wheat, which were very high in carbohydrates and the
fibre content was less. Since our soldiers serve till the age of 60,
millets can be very useful to keep them fit,” he said.
Stating that the initial feedback on the new diet from troops
has been “very good”, the Lt General said that the force may
consider increasing millet distribution to 25 per cent.
He also informed that the jawans are also being served fresh
cow milk wherever possible instead of tin milk or powdered
He said older folks in the troops from 40-45 years onwards are
being served with a diet which has less oil, ghee, etc. (PTI)