The entire month of September will be celebrated as the Rashtriya Poshan Maah beginning from tomorrow.This year the theme is Complimentary Feeding.
Prime Minister’s Overreaching Scheme for Holistic Nourishment – POSHAN Abhiyaan is a multi- ministerial convergence mission with the vision to address malnutrition with a targeted approach by 2022.
In his ‘Mann ki Baat’ programme, last Sunday Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked about malnutrition and said that due to lack of awareness, both poor and affluent families are affected by it.
Talking exclusively to AIR News, NITI Aayog Member Dr V K Paul said, under the Poshan Abhiyaan the government has set a target to reduce the stunting rate in children from 35 per cent to 25 per cent.
He said, the purpose of celebrating the Poshan month is to take the message of nutrition to every nook and corner of the country and to focus on complimentary food, treatment and prevention from infections in children.
Mr Paul also said, the Women and Child Development Ministry also reviewed the preparation of Poshan Maah with the states through video-conferencing at a meeting in New Delhi. He said the states are fully geared up to celebrate the programme.