Prime Minister’s Award Recognizes Efforts to Promote UP’s “Kalanamak” Rice and Bihar’s Makhana

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Kalanamak rice, also known as “Lord Buddha’s Gift,” was awarded under the “One District, One Product” (ODOP) program, a mission-mode program for holistic district development.








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“Kalanamak” rice is an ODOP product from Siddharthnagar, an ambitious district located in Terai belt of Uttar Pradesh and makhana is ODOP from Darbhanga district of Bihar. Efforts to promote ‘Kalanamak rice’ by civil servants in Siddharthnagar district in Uttar Pradesh and makhana by civil servants in Darbhanga district in Bihar have recently been recognized with Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Administration public.












In addition to this, Ladakh Agriculture Department’s construction of an efficient greenhouse to grow crops and the promotion of digital payments by municipal corporations in Varanasi (UP) and Anantnag (Jammu and Kashmir) received the honor of the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented these awards to the officers during a ceremony held at Vigyan Bhawan on the occasion of the 15th Public Service Day.

Kalanamak rice, also known as “Lord Buddha’s Gift,” was awarded under the “One District, One Product” (ODOP) program, a mission-mode program for holistic district development.

The program uses the ODOP approach to leverage the advantages of scale in terms of input supply, common services and product marketing.












The ODOP program aims to provide a framework for value chain development and alignment of supporting infrastructure towards district economic development.

Kalanamak rice is an ODOP product from Siddharthnagar, an ambitious district in the Terai belt of Uttar Pradesh. It is known for its distinct aroma and nutritional qualities and is on the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) World Specialty Rice List.

According to the citation, the prize was awarded because the agricultural area has rapidly increased from 2,700 hectares in 2018 to 6,000 hectares in 2020 to 12,000 hectares in 2021, and the income of farmers has increased in several ways as the wholesale price increased from 40 rupees/kg. in 2018 at Rs 90/kg in 2020 and Rs 135/kg in 2021.












Foxnut also known as makhana is an ODOP from Darbhanga district in Bihar. Darbhanga generates 4,000 tons of makhana per year from 875 ponds. According to the price quote, nearly 1.25 lakh families are involved in the cultivation, harvesting and processing of makhana.







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