Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh today inaugurated statewide aanganbadi quality campaign and said that eradication of malnutrition in Chhattisgarh is our collective social responsibility. He appealed for public participation for the cause so as to ensure healthy and malnutrition free future of Chhattisgarh. Women and Child Development Department organized this inaugural programme today Balvir Singh Juneja Indoor Stadium Budhapara. The campaign will conclude on January 13.
Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh said that it is our collective responsibility to eradicate malnutrition in children. Malnutrition is a threat more critical than the problem of naxalism. To fight this threat, it is necessary to create awareness amongst the women in rural areas. Chief Minister was addressing the daylong seminar on 'Nutrition' organized by State Planning Commission in association with UNICEF, at new circuit house today. In the seminar, Food and Civil Supply Minister Mr. Punnulal Mohile, Public Health and Family Welfare Minister Mr.
"Chhattisgarh is fast progressing towards the complete eradication of malnutrition. In this journey, role of departmental teams, suposhan mitra, women self-help groups and entire society is simply commendable" said Women and Child Development Minister Lata Ussendi while addressing the workshop cum review meeting organized by Women and Child Development Department on the occasion of commencement of Nava Jatan Yojana Phase-II (Implementation), World Breastfeeding Week and reorganization of Integrated Child Development Service Scheme.
Nava Jatan campaign, initiated by State Government to eradicate malnutrition from state, has yielded significantly positive results in 340 Gram Panchayats of 25 districts in Chhattisgarh. These Gram Panchayats have witnessed 35 per cent decrease in level of malnutrition among children of age group 0-5 years. In these Gram Panchayats, nearly 20,000 children have been availing the services of Aanganbadi centers, women self-help groups and Suposhan Mitra.
Implementation of 'Nava Jatan Yojana', initiated by Women and Child Development Department to eradicate malnutrition in children of state through community participation, is resulting in gradual decline of malnutrition-level. According to the report of base-line survey done extensively across the state on June 6, 2012 based on the new parameters of WHO, level of malnutrition in Chhattisgarh has decreased to 41 per cent.