Committed effort needed to end malnutrition: CM

Minister of Woman and Child Development, Imarti Devi, handed over the three national awards bagged under various categories by Madhya Pradesh for excellent implementation of Prime Minister’s Matra Vandana Yojana to Chief Minister Kamal Nath before the Cabinet meeting at the Mantralaya.

Nath congratulated Minister Imarti Devi and the departmental officers-employees and field workers for this achievement. The Chief Minister said that we should work with commitment to end malnutrition and infant-maternal mortality.

Minister Imarti Devi told Chief Minister Kamal Nath that Madhya Pradesh has been awarded national awards in three categories for remarkable work under the Pradhan Mantri Matra Vandana Yojana. Madhya Pradesh has bagged the first prize in the State-level category for its remarkable work in the implementation of the scheme. Indore district of the state has been awarded first prize at the national level in the district level category. The State has got the third place in the country for the implementation of Prime Minister Matra Vandana Saptah. This week was celebrated in the State from December 2 to 8, 2019.

The Women and Child Development Minister said that a large number of child education centres are being opened in the State, so that more and more malnourished children can be benefited. She said that our goal is to eradicate malnutrition from the State. She informed that more than 3 thousand day-care centres are being opened in the state. Children are being given more and more nutritious food. Also, information related to nutritional diet is also being provided to parents. Efforts are being made to get maximum benefit of the scheme by identifying malnourished children in all districts, blocks and villages.

So far, a total of 14 lakh 55 thousand 501 beneficiaries have been registered under the Pradhan Mantri Matra Vandana Yojana. The first installment has been paid to about 13 lakh 40 thousand 224 beneficiaries, second installment to 12 lakh 60 thousand 304 beneficiaries and third installment to 8 lakh 80 thousand 517 beneficiaries.