Rashtriya Poshan Maah observed; Tribal Food mela held in Dimapur

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Dimapur, September 19: POSHAN Abhiyaan’s National Nutritional Month (Rashtriya Poshan Maah) was today observed in the premise of Eklavya Model Residential School, Diphupar along with a Tribal Food Mela. The programme was jointly organized by Tribal Research Institute (Dept. of Art and Culture), GoI & Dept. of Planning and Co-ordination, GoN.
Speaking on the occasion, DC Dimapur Sushil Kumar Patel, who was the guest of honour for the occasion, said that under POSHAN Abhiyaan, the GoI is trying to reach each district of the country with the objective to improve the health of children as well as new mothers.
He informed that for the year 2017-18, a total of 315 districts across the country were selected and Dimapur is one of them. In the year 2018-19, 235 more districts will be added to the list and the remaining districts will be added in the year 2019-20.
He said, however, that this isn’t the first such scheme that was designed to target the malnutrition children and mothers as there have been many such schemes undertaken by the government, adding that many a time the children might look good and healthy but they are malnutrition and this leads to them becoming anemic, and suffering from growth stagnation.
Prof. Alongla P. Aier, brand ambassador of Rashtriya Poshan Maah in her speech had said that young people are the foundation of a strong country and the scheme is the initiative of PM Modi to make sure that proper nutrition is received by the children as according to a report of the United Nations, around 36% of the children in India are suffering from malnutrition and it is impacting the growth of the country.
She said that the malnutrition children cannot reach their true potential and this effect also the progress of the nation.
Asking the children to avoid junk food, she said that they should meat more vegetables, stay active, sleep eight hours, avoid too much of social media and stay away from drugs, alcohol and tobacco.
Deputy Director of Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Biswas Behari Panigrahi who also spoke on the occasion said that such schemes have been around for more than four decades now but still there is much to be done.
He said that the basic objective of the scheme is to bring under coverage the malnutritioned children and mothers and it is expected to cover around 10 crore people by the year 2019-20. (Page News Service)