DAINIK NATION BUREAU
The ‘Take home ration scheme’ and nutritional food “URJA” ( Cooked food prepared from local ingredients of Uttarakhand like Mandua, Bhatt, Ghee, Chaulai and jaggery) scheme should be implemented through women self-help groups to the 20066 Aanganbari centres in the state. This will provide not only nutritional and quality food to children but also provide employment opportunities to women. For this skill training of the women self-groups should be organized. There should be regular monitoring of malnutrition amongst pregnant women and children at Aanganbari centres. There should be effective monitoring of Rs.214 crore annually spent on preventing malnutrition and child development through Aanganbaris so that the money is spent on giving benefits to the beneficiaries, quality of nutrition of food and its’ proper distribution is ensured. The cleanliness standards of women self-groups and other organizations providing food to Aanganbari centres should be strictly enforced.
Chief Minister gave these instructions while reviewing the ‘Take home ration scheme’ and nutritional food “URJA” scheme through Aanganbari centres of the Integrated Child Development Services at meeting held at Chief Minister’s residence on Saturday. He instructed that a project to link the families of 20,000 malnourished children in the state with employment should be prepared. These families should be linked with 12,000 self-help groups already working in the state. There is a target to constitute 8,000 more self-help groups. He said that self help groups should be provided training in better production technology and packaging.
Chief Minister said that under nourished children of poor families living in slums should be identified and special focus should be on improving their health. Besides proving nutritional quality of their food,attention should also be paid to provide them education. He praised the quality of the nutritional food “URJA” prepared from local ingredients of Uttarakhand like Mandua, Bhatt, Ghee, Chaulai and jaggery for children. He said that soon a decision to provide nutritional food “URJA” to nearby states will be considered
Chief Minister said that opportunities to provide employment to locals through development of 650 growth centres will be provided. Through growth centres, local people will be involved to produce goods made of local products to meet the demands of local market.
Chief minister instructed the officers to prepare a work plan to stitch the uniforms of school children, police home guards, hospital nurses, forest department employees could be stitched through growth centres at the Nyaya Panchayat level. The locals and women help- help groups should be trained in stitching uniforms through skill development training.
He said that we have to bring in food results within limited resources. All the departments of the government have to work in coordination having a comprehensive approach. The departments should not confine themselves but for better results and implementation of schemes should work in coordination with other departments.
Additional Chief Secretary Radha Raturi, Principal Secretary Manisha Panwar, Secretary Dr Pankaj Kumar Pandey and senior officers of Women and Child Development department were present in the meeting.