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Mann Ki Baat: PM Modi urges people to join fight against malnutrition

In the 92nd episode of his monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’, the Prime Minister said, “The month of September is dedicated to festivals as well as a big campaign related to nutrition. We celebrate the Poshan Maah every year from the 1st to the 30th of September.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (PTI/File)

PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi on Sunday urged people to take part in the efforts to eradicate malnutrition in September, which is observed as a “Poshan Maah” every year.

In the 92nd episode of his monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’, the Prime Minister said, “The month of September is dedicated to festivals as well as a big campaign related to nutrition. We celebrate the Poshan Maah every year from the 1st to the 30th of September.”

“Efforts for social awareness play an important role in tackling the challenges of malnutrition. I would urge all of you to take part in the efforts to eradicate malnutrition in the coming nutrition month,” he said.

The Prime Minister mentioned various initiatives and campaigns being run to end malnutrition in the country. “Many creative and diverse efforts are being made all over the country against malnutrition. Better use of technology and also public participation has become an important part of the nutrition campaign,” he said.

Among the government initiatives he mentioned was launch of a Poshan Tracker to monitor the accessibility of Anganwadi services, move to provide mobile devices to millions of Anganwadi workers, inclusion of girls aged 14-18 years under the purview of the Poshan Abhiyan in the all Aspirational Districts and North-East states.

“The solution to the malady of malnutrition is not limited just to these steps. In this fight, many other initiatives also play an important role. For example, take the Jal Jeevan Mission…this mission is also going to have a huge impact in making India malnutrition free,” Modi said.

Speaking about the “Sampoorna” project being run in Assam’s Bongai village, the Prime Minister said, “The purpose of this project is to fight against malnutrition and the method too is very unique. Under this, the mother of a healthy child from an Anganwadi centre meets the mother of a malnourished child every week and discusses all the nutrition-related information. That is, one mother becomes a friend of another mother, helps her, and teaches her.”

“In this region, in one year, malnutrition has been eradicated in more than 90 per cent children,” Modi said.

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Observing that 2023 has been declared International Year of Millets, he said, “Today, around the world, craze for these coarse grains, millets, is rising… For the last some time, when any foreign guests come to India, when Heads of State come to India, it is my endeavor to get dishes made from the millets of India, that is, our coarse grains in the banquets.”

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He also mentioned the availability of 4G services in Jorsing village in Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh. “There has been a new sunrise in the form of 4G in the remote areas of Arunachal and North-East; Internet connectivity has brought a new dawn.”

First published on: 28-08-2022 at 09:15:59 am
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