Thiruvananthapuram: The Centre was aiming to bring ten crore beneficiaries under the National Nutrition Mission, Union Minister Smriti Irani said here on Thursday. Speaking after the State-level inauguration of the Nutrition Mission (Poshan Abhiyan), the Women and Child Welfare minister said both the Centre and the states should jointly fight the menace of malnutrition.
The minister also urged Kerala to participate in a big way in the upcoming “Poshan Month” and “Poshan fortnight” to celebrate the cause of nutrition.
During last year nearly 45 crore citizens had participated in the celebration, she said. For the first time in the country’s history, there has been a convergence of 15 ministries at the Centre and states in the implementation of around 7075 projects in the Nutrition mission across the country.
Ms. Irani pointed out that the Centre was not only committed to the nutritional aspect of women and child, it was also committed to the safety and security of women and children. She also urged the government to make functional the ‘One Stop Crisis’ centres in all the 14 districts in the state for which the Centre had already sanctioned funds.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who inaugurated the project, also launched the scheme for distribution of mobile phones for Anganwadis and ICDS-CASS software system.
Joined CM @vijayanpinarayi ji for the statewide rollout of ICDS-CAS App under POSHAN Abhiyan ‘Sampushta Keralam’ from Thiruvananthapuram. Subsequently, met Hon CM to discuss ways to propel POSHAN Abhiyan in Kerala. pic.twitter.com/YTEZp1Jr08
— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) August 29, 2019