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POSHAN Maah 2021: Union Minister Smriti Irani Flags Off POSHAN Cycle Rally In Manipur

Union Minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Irani said that the Poshan cycle rally is a unique initiative that is a mix of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s clarion call for ‘Fit India’ and ‘Suposhit Bharat’

POSHAN Maah 2021: Union Minister Smriti Irani Flags Off POSHAN Cycle Rally In Manipur
Highlights
  • In India, September month is celebrated as POSHAN Maah (Nutrition month)
  • Ms Irani called to collaborate as community members in the nutrition drive
  • Ms Irani inaugurated Anaemia screening camp in Bishnupur district, Manipur

Bishnupur: As part of Rashtriya Poshan Maah 2021 celebrations, Union Minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Irani on Sunday (September 12) flagged off a Poshan cycle rally and also inaugurated Anaemia screening camp in Bishnupur district of Manipur. Speaking on the occasion, Ms Irani extended her gratitude towards all the Covid-19 warriors of Bishnupur and said that the Poshan cycle rally is a unique initiative that is a mix of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s clarion call for ‘Fit India’ and ‘Suposhit Bharat’.

Also Read: POSHAN Maah 2021: ‘Establish Nutrition Gardens To Fight Malnutrition,’ Union Minister Smriti Irani Urges Districts

When we hope to build a resilient and strong nation, can we afford women and children who are malnourished? So, today, when we come to you with celebrations of Poshan Maah, we seek to tell you that when you collaborate as community members in this nutrition drive, you contribute to the future of India, she stated.

Also Read: Poshan Maah 2021: Can India Become Malnutrition Free? Nutrition Expert Dipa Sinha Answers FAQs on Nutrition

Ms Irani also informed about the Centre’s initiative that aims to provide smartphones and health monitoring devices to all Anganwadis.

We have already given smartphones to the workers of 10 lakhs Anganwadis across India. The workers of Bishnupur Anganwadi will get their smartphones soon as well, she added.

Also Read: No Work From Home For India’s Grassroot Health Workers – Anganwadi Workers, ASHAs And ANMs – Even During COVID-19

She further said that the Central government is committed to ensuring that it provides for the insurance cover of every Anganwadi worker and the Prime Minister has ensured the collaboration of 18 ministries for the Poshan Abhiyan. Later in the day, Ms Irani also flagged off a Poshan walk-a-thon from Moirang in Manipur.

Also Read: POSHAN Maah 2021: What Causes Obesity In Children And How To Prevent It?

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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 (WaterSanitation 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 pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene

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