Poshan Abhiyan: DC Dimapur urges govt servants to reach out to targeted groups

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Dimapur, September 21: Keeping in mind the celebration of Poshan week, Deputy Commissioner Dimapur, Sushil Kumar Patel (IAS) urged upon the Government servants of Poshan Abhiyan implementing departments, to go and reach out to the targetted groups for delivering services at their doorstep.
“Our duty as Government servants is to deliver at their doorstep,” Sushil said while delivering the keynote address at a meeting on convergence action plan on Poshan Abhiyan/ National Nutrition Mission held in the office of District Programme officer, Social Welfare at Diphupar Dimapur on September 21.
Stating that 39% of children in India as malnourished, the DC said, “Unless we take care of them starting from conception to 8 years which is the crucial years for development, they cannot be skillfull and employable.”
He further observed that growth not only means from food aspect but includes facilities like proper toilets, vaccines, infrastructures, nutrition etc. Sushil Kumar felt that Rural development department needs to take up construction of Anganwadi centres as it deals with rural development.
Further Sushil said that PHE must ensure for providing safe drinking water at all the Anganwadi centers. Stating that such issues are not a one-time phenomena, DC Dimapur asked the monitoring department (Social welfare) for bringing up matters of concern if necessary so that timely interventions can be taken.
In the meeting, various line departments spoke about the activities taken up as part of National Nutrition Mission scheme.
Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Antoly highlighted the broad planned activities of Medical department which includes Breast feeding promotion, Micro nutrient supplementation, Immunization, Health and nutrition promotion in schools abd VHNDS, Food fortification under FSSAI, creating Jan Andolan for nutrition by state wide media campaign.
Superintendent,Food and Civil Supplies, Jamonger said that the department ensures food accessibility to the targetted beneficiaries.
CDPO, Rural, Bonathung Ngullie in his presentation explained that Poshan Abhiyaan aims for reducing mal- nourishment from the country in a phase manner, through the life cycle concept by adopting a synergised and result oriented approach. The target of the mission is to bring down stunting among children in the age group of 0 to 6 years from 38.4 percent to 25% by thr year 2022.
District Programme officer, Social Welfare, S.Nezolu Rhakho chaired the convergence action plan meeting. (Page News Service)