Raipur (The States. news) ‘Mukhyamantri Suposhan Abhiyaan’ (Chief Minister’s Nutrition Campaign), started in Chhattisgarh under the leadership of Chief Minister Bhupesh Mr. Baghel, with an aim to make state malnutrition-free, is yielding positive results.
According to the report of National Family Health Survey-5 released in 2020-21, the rate of malnutrition has come down by 6.4 per cent to 31.3 per cent (taking into account the data of the weight of children up to 5 years of age). This rate is less than the national rate of malnutrition which is 32.1 per cent.
According to the National Family Health Survey-4 released in the year 2015-16, the rate of malnutrition (taking into account the data of weight of children up to 5 years of age) was 37.7 per cent and the national malnutrition rate was 35.8 per cent. According to the data released for the year 2020-21, the malnutrition rate of India has come down by only 3.7 per cent, while Chhattisgarh has successfully managed to reduce it by 6.4 per cent.
Meanwhile, on the initiative of Mr. Baghel, the statewide ‘Mukhyamantri Suposhan Abhiyaan’ was started from October 2, 2019, on the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Under this, coordinated efforts were made with the integration of various schemes and as a result, about one lakh 60 thousand children of the state have become free from malnutrition.
As per the data of weight festival organized in July 2021 under the direction of Women and Child Development Minister Mrs. Anila Bhediya, only 19.86 per cent children in the state have been found to be malnourished. The level of malnutrition has been assessed in a transparent manner by taking the weight of about 22 lakh children during the weight festival. The services of an external agency were taken for data quality testing and data validation.
About 4 lakh 33 thousand 541 children were identified as malnourished in the weight festival held in Chhattisgarh in January 2019. Out of these, about one third (36.86 per cent) i.e. one lakh 59 thousand 845 children have become free from malnutrition as of November 2021, which is a major achievement in the war started against malnutrition. In a very short span of time, there has been a significant reduction in the rate of malnutrition in the state, thanks to the efficient leadership and visionary thinking of Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel.
Besides, 4 lakh 39 thousand children and 2 lakh 59 thousand women have been benefitted with hot meals and supplementary nutritious food, since the launch of ‘Mukhyamantri Suposhan Abhiyaan’. Based on local availability, women and children were provided with fruits, vegetables along with soya and groundnut ‘chikki’, healthy and nutritious ‘laddoos’, millet biscuits, eggs and delicious nutritious food. This helped in arousing interest of children in food and rapidly improved the condition of malnutrition. Keeping the health and nutrition of women and children in priority, Chief Minister Mr. Baghel gave permission to use the amount of DMF, CSR and other items for this scheme. With these efforts of the state and cooperation of public, the scheme has yielded positive results.
As per the instructions of Chief Minister, the Anganwadi workers and helpers gave special attention to the nutrition of women and children by distributing supplementary nutritional food and ready-to-eat food from door to door in the state during the corona pandemic period. Similarly, keeping in view the third wave of corona pandemic, the Chief Minister has already given instructions to continue distribution of ready-to-eat to eligible beneficiaries of all categories in districts with more than 4 per cent corona positivity rate, where Anganwadi and mini Anganwadi centers have been closed for the prevention of Covid infection. Along with this, instructions have been given to provide hot meals to pregnant mothers and children of 3 to 6 year of age through door-to-door tiffin distribution system.