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Arunachal Governor Brig (Retd) B D Mishra on Monday felicitated the best performing child development project officers (CDPO) of the State at Raj Bhavan in Itanagar.

Mishra also felicitated the State’s women and child development department for successful implementation of various schemes and programmes for women and children.

Speaking on the occasion, the Governor said that the Poshan Abhiyaan is of paramount significance and has to be executed with a missionary zeal.

“As the foot soldiers of the National Nutrition Mission, the CDPOs are the cutting edge of the programme. The success of the programme reflects the dedication of the officers,” he said.

Congratulating the officers and officials of WCD for the successful conclusion of Poshaan Maah, the Governor said, “Nowhere in the world there is political leadership like India today, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who cares so much for the good health of mother and child.”

He called upon all stakeholders to put in a concerted effort to ensure that mother and child health in the country is taken due care of.

The Governor also emphasized on awareness about nutrition including breastfeeding.

“Adequate and appropriate awareness on food and nutrition are the essential aspects of social healthcare,” he said.

Dondup Pema (Tawang), Tenjin Chomu (Lumla-Zimithang), Jaya Taba (Itanagar), Ponung Moyong (Naharlagun), Bahi Koyu, (Aalo East), Bime Zirdo Mara (Likabali), Jikom Doye (Roing), Pakkar Nomuk (Yingkiong), Wihong Tangha (Namsai), Shillakanni Namchum (Lekang), Wemkhum Khilak (Khagam) and Nemngam Khumhun Tanha (Bordumsa-Diyum) were felicitated by the governor on the occasion.

First Lady Neelam Misra, WCD secretary Neharika Rai, director T P Loyi and officials of department were present on the occasion.

Poshan Abhiyaan is a multi-ministerial convergence mission with the vision to ensure attainment of malnutrition free India by 2022.

The objective of the abhiyaan is to reduce stunting in identified districts of India with the highest malnutrition burden by improving utilization of key Anganwadi services and improving the quality of their delivery.

It also aims to ensure holistic development and adequate nutrition for pregnant women, mothers and children.

Damien Lepcha is Northeast Now Correspondent in Arunachal Pradesh. He can be reached at:

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