Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday (September 19) termed the National Nutrition Month campaign as the foundation for a healthy and capable India. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inspired the entire country to fight malnutrition by initiating a widespread campaign. In this direction, a lot of work has been done in Uttar Pradesh over the past six years,” he was quoted as saying in an official statement. The chief minister highlighted that the state government has created a new mechanism through which women self-help groups are delivering nutritious food to Anganwadi Centres.
Speaking at a programme of the national campaign, CM Yogi said,
The nutrition campaign is the foundation for a healthy and capable India.
'राष्ट्रीय पोषण माह' के अंतर्गत आज लखनऊ में ₹155 करोड़ लागत के 1,359 आंगनवाड़ी केंद्रों और ₹50 करोड़ लागत के 171 बाल विकास परियोजना कार्यालयों का लोकार्पण/शिलान्यास हुआ। इस अवसर पर 2.9 लाख आंगनवाड़ी कार्यकत्री व सहायिकाओं को यूनिफॉर्म हेतु ₹29 करोड़ धनराशि डीबीटी के माध्यम से… pic.twitter.com/OslgpU4GgF— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) September 19, 2023
On decrease in maternal and child mortality rates in Uttar Pradesh, he said that this became possible because mothers and children started receiving nutritious food, according to the statement.
Emphasising the significant improvements in the National Family Health Survey, the Chief Minister said that there has been a 5.1 per cent improvement in anaemia, a 6.6 per cent improvement in dwarfism, a 7.4 per cent improvement in underweight, and a 0.6 per cent improvement in dryness between 2015-2016 and 2019-2020.
The chief minister also said that there was a time when the state used to witness around 1,200-1,500 deaths annually due to encephalitis. Eastern Uttar Pradesh was particularly affected by this disease, he said.
In 30 years, from 1977 to 2017, approximately 50,000 children in the state fell prey to this disease, he said, according to the statement. He said,
After our government came to power, we made efforts to eradicate encephalitis from the state through inter-departmental coordination with the central government in 2018 and today, we have been largely successful in our attempt.
During the programme, Chief Minister inaugurated or laid the foundation stones of 1,359 Anganwadi Centres. The foundation stones of 171 child development project offices were also laid. He also transferred an amount of Rs 29 crore through DBT for uniforms (sarees) to 2.90 lakh Anganwadi workers and helpers.
During the baby shower ceremony, the Chief Minister gifted medicines and nutritious food items to some pregnant women. He also performed Annaprashan Sanskar on infants by feeding pudding to them.
Additionally, the Chief Minister honoured the parents of three children who came from malnourished to well-nourished categories of families, under the ‘Sambhav’ campaign. He further gifted two sarees each as uniform to four Anganwadi workers as a token of appreciation.
In the program, Minister of Women’s Welfare, Child Development, and Nutrition Baby Rani Maurya, State Minister of Child Development and Nutrition Department Pratibha Shukla, Chief Secretary Durga Shankar Mishra, Agriculture Production Commissioner Manoj Kumar Singh, and Principal Secretary of the Women and Child Development Department Veena Kumari, were present among other dignitaries.
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