A short public and social occasion were organized on Sunday (13/09/2020) in a collective effort by the Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) and Social Welfare Department at Hatimara L.P. School, Dinonathpur Bagicha under Kalain Block as a part of ongoing Poshan Maah.
To give momentum to POSHAN Abhiyan (National Nutrition Mission), India’s flagship programme, launched in March 2018 to improve the nutritional status of children up to 6 years, adolescent girls, pregnant women and lactating mothers to achieve specific targets for reduction in low birth weight babies, stunting growth, undernutrition and prevalence of anaemia over next three years, ‘National Council on India’s Nutrition Challenges’ on 24th July 2018 decided to celebrate the month of September as Rashtriya Poshan Maah. During this month activities related to nutrition awareness are carried out by all the states/UTs up to the grass-root level.
MLA from Katigorah, Mr Amar Chand Jain and Deputy Commissioner of Cachar, Mrs Keerthi Jalli jointly inaugurated the water purity testing booth at 652 No. Hatimara L.P. School with a vision of every person consuming and using germ-free water by testing the quality of water at Adarsh Gram Yojna Village.
The Deputy Commissioner called upon villages and the residents to come forward and get water of different sources like ring well, pond water and supply water tested for benefit of the society. She, while stating her views on the Adarsh Gram Yojana, said, “the village should be developed as an ideal village so that it becomes an example to other villages and it is the responsibility of every villager to make it a developed village.” She also emphasised the importance of Poshan Maah and laid stress on consuming nutritious food especially by lactating mothers and malnourished children and urged everyone to maintain the COVID protocols by wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing in the wake of the pandemic.
Speaking on the occasion, the MLA highlighted an important point of bringing the village under geotagging and requested the Deputy Commissioner to ensure actual beneficiaries derive the benefits of widow pension and old-age pension and establishing an Aadhar centre in each ward of the village to facilitate the distribution of Aadhar card.
“Dinonathpur Bagicha under Kalain Block has been taken up as an ideal village under the Adarsh Gram Yojana and the government has allocated Rs 5 crore for the project for its development out of which Rs 50 lakh has already been sanctioned as the first instalment,” says the block development officer of Kalain Mr Nandalal Gowala. He also added that Rs.10 lakh has been earmarked for the construction of entry gate of the village, Rs.10 lakh for the construction of a community hall and Rs.30 lakh for the installation of 60 solar lights in the village.
Later, the foundation stone of entry gate of Adarsh Gram Yojna Village was laid by MLA Jain and Deputy Commissioner Jalli in presence of district heads, SPO Ruli Dolagaphu, T&D, District Social Welfare Officer Saswati Shome, JE, Sailesh Kumar Singh, District Coordinator, Poshan Abhiyan, Nurul Hasan Chowdhury, GP president and local villagers.
Lastly, for celebrating the Poshan Maah, “Poshan Vatika”, a Nutri garden aimed at being a source of healthy food for children and expectant mothers, was also jointly inaugurated by Mr Jain and Mrs Jalli. People were encouraged to go in for cultivating multiple vegetables and fruits, putting emphasis on local varieties in their backyards primarily for personal consumption for which the critical inputs and seeds would be provided.
The Deputy Commissioner instructed the concerned officials and other stakeholders to develop such Poshan Vatika in every village and to take care of it by the locals and Anganwadi workers. Jalli appreciated the work of Poshan Abhiyan initiated by the Social Welfare department, Cachar and expressed her satisfaction towards the end of the event.