Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday assured all help for implementing State Nutrition Mission in Uttar Pradesh. The mission — being supported by Unicef and another organisation, Citizens Alliance Against Malnutrition — aims at eradicating malnutrition among children in the state.
“We assure we will not hesitate to take tough steps for successful implementation of the mission. We have appointed an IAS officer for it and I assure you he will not be transferred. If there is any requirement, he will be given additional charge,” Akhilesh said at a function at his official residence.
The CM also highlighted the achievements of his state government. “Who would have thought that Samajwadi people will successfully distribute laptops? Some even called us Talibani when we announced the scheme. Now, poor children have access to laptops.”
He also said that UP is the only state where Metro Rail project work is going on in three districts simultaneously. “But, whenever anything (bad) happens in UP, its CM’s picture is the one that is mostly flashed which is not the case with other CMs,” Akhilesh stated.
Former MP and Rashtriya Lok Dal leader Jayant Choudhary, who is a member of Citizens Alliance Against Malnutrition and was present at the event, said: “At times we do not even know that our children are malnourished. It is a disease and we need to eradicate it.” Director General, state nutrition mission in Maharashtra, Vandana Krishna, too, offered all help and advice.
Others present included Ghazal singer Peenaz Masani, British economist Lawrence Haddad and Country head of Unicef Louis Georges Arsenault among others.