Malnutrition eradication campaign to be launched in all aspirational districts: CM

On occasion of Gandhi Jayanti
CM makes declaration on Int’nl Day of World’s Indigenous People
People suffering from malnutrition and anemia to be provided free nutritious food every day
State Govt sets goal to make Chhattisgarh malnutrition and anemia free in next three years
Campaign initiated as pilot project in Bastar
CM announces hike in scholarship of pre-matric hostellers from Rs 700 to Rs 1000 per month

Kondagaon, Aug 09:

On the occasion of International Day of World’s Indigenous People, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has made a major announcement as a gift to people of the state. Chief Minister has announced that a campaign to eradicate malnutrition and anemia will be launched in all the aspirational districts of Chhattisgarh on the occasion of Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th anniversary. State Government has set the goal to make Chhattisgarh malnutrition and anemia free within next three years. Under this campaign, people suffering from malnutrition and anemia will be provided free of cost nutritious food every day. Chief Minister made this announcement today while addressing the state-level programme held in Vikas Nagar Stadium of District Headquarters Kondagaon today. While addressing the programme, Chief Minister also announced hike in scholarship for students of pre-matric hostels from Rs 700 to Rs 1000 and a significant increase in number of seats in the colleges. Chief Minister said that decision regarding the ‘manjhi’ and ‘chaalki’, whose name got skipped from enlistment, will be taken in the cabinet meeting. Industry Minister Kawasi Lakhma, Food Minister Amarjeet Bhagat, Bastar MP Deepak Baij, Kondagaon MLA Mohan Markam along with other MLAs and public representatives were also present in the programme. This campaign was initiated as pilot project in Bastar region from July, 2019 and it will be soon conducted in other aspirational districts of the state as well. In this campaign of anemia and malnutrition eradication, maximum participation of renowned charitable organizations, public representatives, NGOs, media groups and other competent people of the districts will be ensured. Chief Minister has appealed local representatives and all the sections of society to actively participate in this campaign.
Chief Minister said that according to the latest date released by NITI Aayog, 37.60% children of age below 5 years in Chhattisgarh are suffering from malnutrition and 41.50% daughters and mothers in the state are suffering from anemia. Every year lakhs of children die because of malnutrition and anemia, lakhs of children are born underweight, they suffer from growth issues, their mental and physical development is adversely affected, and difficulties become part of their lives right from the time of birth. Some serious strategic measures are required to redress this problem, he said.
State Government has pledged to make Chhattisgarh free of malnutrition and anemia. This campaign was started as pilot project in Korba, Surguja, Koriya and selected panchayats of other districts in Bastar region, under which free nutritious food was provided to all the people suffering from anemia and malnutrition. In the this campaign to be launched on Gandhi Jayanti, free nutritious meals will be provided every day to the patients of malnutrition and anemia, as per the list issued by each of the gram panchayat, customized as per their physical requirement and preferences. Funds for implementation of this programme will be sanctioned every month from DMF, CSR funds, and basic funds of respective panchayats or by respective development authorities and each of the gram panchayats will maintain daily record of people being benefitted under the programme.

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