Modi launches nutrition scheme for children, expectant women

via PNS | Ahmedabad published on June 8, 2010

Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday launched a unique nutrition project meant for children and pregnant women.

This is the first time in India that a state government has launched a supplementary nutritional food programme for children and pregnant women.

Addressing the gathering of Anganwadi workers and women at the Town Hall, Modi said that it is a unique project to protect children and pregnant women against malnutrition. The micro-nutrient food programme is targeted to benefit nearly 40 lakh women and children through the statewide network of Anganwadis.

Under this programme, to fight against malnutrition, the beneficiaries would be supplied ready to cook pre-mixed micronutrient food at their doorstep through 44,789 Anganwadis in the State.

The pre-mixed micronutrients are suitable to cook 70 types of items like sukhadi, shira, upma and balbhog that can enhance the nutrition levels of children and pregnant women.

The state government had a budgetary provision of Rs 730 crore for this nutritional food programme and Rs 150 crore for girls.

The Chief Minister also made an appeal to the NGOs to approach rich families to collect discarded toys and bring them to the children of Anganwadis.

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