New Delhi, Sep 6 (UNI) The third Rashtriya Poshan Maah is being celebrated during the month of September. Every year, the Poshan Maah is celebrated under the PM’s Overarching Scheme for Holistic Nourishment-POSHAN Abhiyaan, which was launched in 2018.
The Ministry of Women and Child Development, being the nodal Ministry for POSHAN Abhiyaan, is celebrating the Poshan Maah in convergence with partner Ministries and departments, at the National, States/UTs, Districts, and grassroot level.
The objective of Poshan Maah is to encourage Jan Bhagidaari (mass participation), in order to create a Jan Andolan (mass movement), for addressing malnutrition among the young children and women, and to ensure health and nutrition for everyone.
‘The importance of Nutrition in our lives was emphasised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the recent edition of his popular programme ‘Mann ki Baat’ on August 30, 2020,’ Ministry of Women and Child Development said in a statement here on Sunday.
The Prime Minister drew attention towards the role played by nutrition in helping children and students to attain their optimum potential.
He also noted the efforts made during the past few years, especially in the villages, where public participation in nutrition week & nutrition month (Poshan Maah) was converting nutrition awareness into a mass movement.
Union Minister of Women & Child Development and Textiles Smriti Zubin Irani had chaired an inter-ministerial meeting on August 27 and Secretary of Ministry of Women and Child Development Ram Mohan Mishra interacted with all States and UTs, to secure convergent activities during the Poshan Maah.
Identification of Severely Acute Malnourished (SAM) Children and their management and plantation of Poshan Vaatikas- Nutri gardens, will be undertaken as focus activities during Poshan Maah, along with awareness generation regarding importance of early breast feeding,
Need for good nutrition during the first 1000 days of life, measures for reducing Anaemia in young women and children, will also be undertaken.