Assam Chief Minister Sarbanadna Sonowal asked the Social Welfare department for an exhaustive roadmap to cover all beneficiaries to eradicate malnutrition among children.

Sonowal asked the department to provide nutritious food to the children through Anganwadi centres under Poshan Abhiyaan.

The Assam CM reviewed the roll-out and implementation status of Poshan Abhiyaan at the conference room of Chief Minister’s Office in Janata Bhawan on Monday.

During the review meeting, Chief Minister Sonowal asked the Social Welfare department to generate awareness throughout the State for successful implementation of Poshan Abhiyaan.

He also stressed on successful implementation of Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana, a scheme for adolescent girls.

It may be noted that September month will be observed as Poshan Month, as CM also asked Social Welfare department for development of at least 100 kitchen gardens in the periphery of Anganwadi centres to feed the children with high quality food stuff.

Chief Minister Sonowal emphasised on the need for a strong ground level work and participation from all sectors, for converting the mission into Jan Andolan.

He also emphasised on achieving convergence through close coordination between the departments to achieve desired results from the Poshan Abhiyaan.

Sonowal also said along with implementing the Poshan Abhiyaan, adequate care should be taken for adherence of Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan so that cleanliness is maintained while giving the Poshan Abhiyaan a new dimension to its successful journey.

He also asked department to take the help of technological solutions for the success of Poshan Abhiyaan.

It may be noted that the Poshan Abhiyaan in the State will be launched on September 4, as the CM has stressed on mapping of various areas where nutrition based intervention is required to wipe out malnutrition.

He also harped on convergence mechanism, ICT based monitoring, incentivising Anganwadi workers for using IT based tools for the success of the campaign.

Sonowal also asked the senior officers of Social Welfare department to produce infotainment video to motivate the people across the state to champion the cause of Poshan Abhiyaan, Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan and Fit India Movement.

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