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September to mark 'Poshan Abhiyaan': PM

September to mark 'Poshan Abhiyaan': PM
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New Delhi, Aug 25 (UNI) Announcing that the month of September will be observed as 'Poshan Abhiyaan' across the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday emphasised that if they manage to save a few people from malnutrition, it would mean that the country could be brought out of the circle of malnutrition.

Addressing the nation through his Mann Ki Baat programme, Mr Modi said, 'Under the Poshan Abhiyaan campaign, nutrition made available with the help of modern scientific methods, is being converted into a mass movement, all over the country.

'People are fighting a battle against malnutrition in innovative and interesting ways,' he added.

Saying that there are many little things that can be employed in the country's effective fight against malnutrition, Mr Modi stressed that lack of awareness has led to malnutrition, in both poor and affluent families.

'In our culture, much glory has been ascribed to food. We have even converted the knowledge about food into a science.

'Balanced and nutritious food is essential for all of us, more so for women and the newborns, since these two categories are the foundation of the future of our society,' he added.

Talking about Poshan Abhiyaan across the country, the Prime Minister said, 'You must get connected with it, get information about this initiative. Add some new facet to Poshan Abhiyaan by contributing to it. If you manage to save a few people from malnutrition, it would mean that we can bring the country out of the circle of malnutrition.'

Taking a cue from 'Ann Praashan Sanskar' where the toddler starts feeding on solid food for the first time, he said in 2010, Gujarat embarked upon planning to provide kids complimentary food on the occasion of 'Ann Praashan Sanskar,' so that this initiative spreads awareness among the masses.

'This initiative can be adopted anywhere. In many states, people run meal campaigns on certain dates. If the family celebrates a birthday, certain auspicious day or observe an in-memoriam day, then the members with self-prepared nutritious and delicious food, go to the Anganwadis and also to the schools and these family members themselves serve the children and feed them.

'They not only share their happiness, but in the process, receive happiness magnified manifold,' Mr Modi added.

In his programme, the Prime Minister also said that 'Mutthi Bhar Dhaanya' initiative has turned into a big movement in Nashik. In this novel scheme, during the harvest period, Anganwadi workers collected a handful of rice grain from the people.

'This grain is used to make piping hot food for children and women. In this way, the person contributing the handful of grain, transmutes into a conscientious civil social worker. In the process, he gets himself dedicated to this cause and becomes a soldier of that movement,' he added.

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