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WCD MoS flags off Nutrition Chariot to spread awareness in rural areas

WCD MoS Dr. Munjpara Mahendrabhai speaks at Poshan Maah (Nutrition Month) programme in Pachgaon, Haryana, on September 23, 2021. (PIB)

Pachgaon (Haryana): As part of the Poshan Maah (Nutrition Month) celebrations under the ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’, the Minister of State for Women and Child Development (WCD) , Dr. Munjpara Mahendrabhai on September 23, 2021, distributed nutrition kits to beneficiaries at Pachgaon Village in Haryana.

The minister also flagged off a ‘Poshan Rath’ (Nutrition Chariot) from Amity University which will go along rural paths and spread awareness about proper nutrition and diet among rural women and children.

Dr. Munjpara also participated in a plantation ceremony wherein various nutritional plants were planted and visited an exhibition displaying interesting nutritive recipes and IEC material on POSHAN Abhiyan. A shapath or Pledge on POSHAN was also undertaken by all the participants. WCD Minister of Haryana Kamlesh Dhanda and Principal Secretary, WCD, Govt. of Haryana Dr. G. Anupama along with other dignitaries graced the occasion.

Addressing the gathering, Dr. Mahendrabhai said that POSHAN Abhiyaan is Government’s effort to make a strategic shift towards malnutrition reduction and improved health, wellness, and immunity through community engagement, outreach, behavioral change, and advocacy via means of a Jan Andolan (People Movement).

The MoS said it is time to realize the potential of traditional wisdom and AYUSH practices to make sure that this knowledge of good nutrition practices is utilized for the betterment of the community.

Talking about the recent allocation to the State of Haryana, the Minister said that around 2300 metric tons of rice fortified with iron, folic acid, and vitamin B12 for the Supplementary Nutrition has been provided through Anganwadis this quarter.

The Minister expressed confidence that with proper distribution, awareness, and utilization, this will help aid in reducing anemia and undernutrition and that the State will continue its efforts for improving the nutritional status of its population, which is also manifested through the State’s Nutrition Policy. (Press Release)

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