Gangtok, September 30 (IPR): Minister for Social Justice and Welfare Department Dr. M.K. Sharma graced the closing ceremony of POSHAN Maah 2021 here in the capital today.
POSHAN (Prime Minister’s Overarching Scheme for Holistic Nutrition) Maah is a month-long nutritional month celebrated every year in the month of September. The main objective of the programme is to improve nutritional outcomes for children, adolescents, pregnant women and lactating mothers by leveraging technology, a targeted approach and convergence. This year India also celebrates Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav to ensure speedy and intensive outreach in remote parts of the country.
The programme was organized by Social Justice and Welfare Department, Government of Sikkim. The theme of this year’s POSHAN Maah Abhiyaan “Converging towards a healthy walk-through life.”
Minister Dr. M.K. Sharma, in his speech said that the vision of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi was an aggressive reach out during the POSHAN Maah but it should not be limited to the month of September but be consistent over a long period of time. He applauded the field activities of Aaganwadi workers and hoped for improvement in three areas which are anaemia detection, immunization and anti-natal check-ups. He stressed on the importance of consuming local healthy foods for holistic nutrition which will always be available throughout the year for the Sikkimese people and such choice will also have a sustainable effect on the long run.
The Minister said that this is POSHAN Kranti through Jan Andolan which means there should be participation of all sections of society but moreover the need of the hour is the co-ordination of all the line departments of the Government to make this campaign a huge success. He further requested zeal, enthusiasm, and active participation of all the concerned officials in the upcoming POSHAN Abhiyaan programmes.
Secretary, SJ & WD, Shri Tshewang Gyachho, in his brief address said that the POSHAN Abhiyaan will be successful only if it continues throughout the year. He also stressed on the importance of Aaganwadi workers towards primary children. In conclusion, he said that our responsibility towards malnutritioned children, pregnant mothers and lactating mothers is not over until each house is free of malnutrition and it should continue throughout the year.
Principal Director, Social Justice and Welfare Department, Shri Phuchung Bhutia, gave a brief highlight on activities of POSHAN Maah through a power point presentation.
Assistant Director, Nutrition Cell, Social Justice and Welfare Department, Smt. Jyotsna Khatiwada, talked about ingredients and composition of special food for SAM (Severely Acute Malnutrition) children.
Brand Ambassador, Olympian, Padmashree and Arjuna Awardee, Shri Tarundeep Rai, expressed heartfelt gratitude on being the brand ambassador of POSHAN Maah. He congratulated all the members of ICDS centres and SJ & WD in Sikkim.
At the onset of the programme, a short video on key message on nutrition was given through audio and video display, Distribution of token to the Minister and guest from line department by Secretary, SJ and WD. A recipe booklet named “Healthier Today” was also released.
During the programme, Awards were also handed out to various individuals for their participation on POSHAN Maah events throughout the year.
The individual awards for innovative ideas undertaken by functionaries of ICDS are as follows:
1. CDPO, Chungthang, Smt. Sonam Lhaden Lachungpa, for paragliding activities during open ceremony of POSHAN Maah and spreading awareness of POSHAN Maah in the concerned area.
2. Assistant Director, Nutrition Cell, SJ & WD, Smt. Jyotsna Khatiwara for formulation of Poshilo Pitho and Documentary on POSHAN.
3. Principal, AWTC, Shri Sangay Tshering Bhutia, for POSHAN Ki Baat, (Short video and audio).
4. District Co-ordinator, POSHAN Abhiyaan, East, Shri Pranay Sharma, for Food Donation Drive.
5. AWW, Rabong, AWC, Smt. Sarala Gurung, for Poshilo Aadhar Initiative.
The Team Awards for Innovative Ideas were as follows:
1. Chungthang Tribal Project for leadership, convergence, innovation, interventions, use of technologies and digital platform, identification of SAM and MAM.
2. Urban Slum Project for the same.
3. Jorethang Rural Project for the same.
The programme had the presence of Zilla Adhyaksha, East, Shri Samsher Rai, Deputy Mayor, GMC, Smt. Tshering Palden Bhutia, and other dignitaries