- During summer jaggery melt while packing, sometimes got infected: Feedback
- Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam ordered to replace jaggery with sweet candy
- The quantity of sweet candy (mishri) would be decided as per requirement
New Delhi: The Women and Child Development Department of Government of NCT of Delhi has taken a policy decision to change one of the items of Supplementary Nutrition Food (SNF) for children and pregnant and lactating women. “From the next summer season (May, June and July) sweet candy (mishri) would be distributed in place of jaggery. The decision was taken on the basis of feedback that during the summer season jaggery melted while packing and it sometimes got infected with bacteria. To keep food items dry and healthy, it was decided to replace jaggery with sweet candy (mishri) for the summer season,” Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam said.
This will continue till the present SNF menu exists whereas the quantity of sweet candy (mishri) would be decided by the department as per requirement, he added.
Mr Gautam said that in the wake of COVID-19, the functioning of the Aganwadi Centres in Delhi was suspended temporarily in the first week of March 2020. The same was renewed, from March 19, with an aim of ensuring regular supply of nutritional supplements (panjiri/ pushtik laddoo) to the registered beneficiaries (children, pregnant and lactating women) in the capital.
The quantities of panjiri/pushtik laddo were also fixed uniformly for each beneficiary at 140 gram and Panjiri at 110 gram. The laddoos given to per beneficiaries every day contain 500 calories and 12-15 grams of protein.
Mr Gautam said the menu of SNF was revised from May 20 this year, and Panjiri/Pushtik Laddo was replaced with wheat dalia, black chana, jaggery and roasted black gram in different quantities for different types of beneficiaries under the existing system of giving take home ration. It was delivered at the doorsteps of beneficiaries through respective Anganwadi centers. Around five lakh citizens benefited from this scheme, the government said.
(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)
NDTV – Dettol Banega Swasth India campaign is an extension of the five-year-old Banega Swachh India initiative helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. It aims to spread awareness about critical health issues facing the country. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign highlights the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children to prevent maternal and child mortality, fight malnutrition, stunting, wasting, anaemia and disease prevention through vaccines. Importance of programmes like Public Distribution System (PDS), Mid-day Meal Scheme, POSHAN Abhiyan and the role of Aganwadis and ASHA workers are also covered. Only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and become a Swasth or healthy India. The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollution, waste management, plastic ban, manual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene.