Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani today launched ‘Poshan Abhiyan’–a statewide mission to eradicate malnutrition among children by providing them nutritious food through Anganwadi centers. During the function organized at Gandhinagar, the chief minister also launched ‘Purna’ project to eliminate malnutrition among girls in the age group of 14 to 18.
‘Purna’ stands for Prevention of Under Nutrition and Reduction of Nutritional Anaemia among Adolescent Girls. Rupani said the government has allocated Rs 270 crore to control malnutrition among those girls who he said would become mothers in future.
Rupani appealed to them to ensure that every newborn and mother get nutritious food for the first 1000 days of the birth. That the nationwide Poshan Mission was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Rajasthan on March 8 this year. In her address, state Women and Child Development Minister Vibhavariben Dave expressed confidence that Gujarat will lead from the front at a time when the entire country is fighting malnutrition.