Dehradun: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Wednesday visited the home of a girl he has adopted under the ongoing anti-malnutrition drive in the state to know about her daily dietary regime. A month-long anti-malnutrition drive was launched in the state on Tuesday by the CM under which malnourished children in the state would be adopted by ministers, MLAs, and officials.
Two-and-a-half-year-old Yogita, who weighs 8.5 kg at present, will be malnutrition-free if she begins to weigh 9.6 kg in three months, an official release said. CM Rawat adopted the girl on Tuesday to mark the launch of the state-wide adoption month-long campaign to make the state malnutrition-free.
So far, 94 officials and people’s representatives have adopted extremely malnourished children under the campaign. About 1600 children suffering from acute malnutrition are to be adopted by ministers, MLAs, and officials, and offered a high energy, nutritional food as part of the drive. Twenty extremely malnourished children were adopted on Tuesday.
CM Rawat said Uttarakhand will be made malnutrition-free through public awareness and people’s involvement in the campaign.
Fight Against Malnutrition In India:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has recently pledged for a Kuposhan Mukt Bharat or Malnutrition-free India by 2022 and has asked every citizen to help in achieving this goal. The government has also decided to mark September as the ‘Poshan’ (nutrition) Month with a goal to improve the nutritional status of children up to 6 years, adolescent girls, pregnant women and lactating mothers. The objective is to achieve specific targets for reduction in reducing the number of instances of low birth weight babies, stunting growth, undernutrition and prevalence of anaemia over the next three years.