Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that his government was committed to eradicating malnourishment among children and women from Uttar Pradesh and if the state achieved this, the Human Development Index (HDI) of UP and India would improve.
“Malnourishment among children and women is a blot on the face of a civilised society. No other government has worked in this direction. Only our government has given a thought on providing hot, cooked and nutritious food to children and women who need it the most,” Yogi said.
Under the Hausala Poshan Yojana, around 10 lakh pregnant women and over 14 lakh malnourished children in the age group of 6 months and 6 years get cooked nutritious food at Anganwadi centres in their respective gram sabhas. The highly malnourished children also get 500 grams of desi ghee while the women get a seasonal fruit everyday besides food.
“This is a game changer scheme. If this scheme is implemented in letter and spirit, we will be able to eradicate malnourishment from Uttar Pradesh,” the Chief Minister said.
“Think about the scenario where we will have healthy pregnant women and children. The Human Development Index of UP and India will go up,” he said.
Malnourishment among women and children is abysmally high in Uttar Pradesh as it is among the worst performing states in the area of underweight and malnourished children up to the age of 6 years. UP stood fourth from the bottom on child nutrition rates. According to the state’s own records, 35.5 per cent of the total children, who were identified as beneficiaries of supplementary nutrition programme under ICDS, were underweight, with 62,728 falling in he Grade III and IV (severely malnourished) categories.
At present, UP has more than two crore children who have been identified as beneficiaries of the supplementary nutrition programme (SNP), while nearly 50 lakh pregnant and lactating women are covered under ICDS.
“I know the parameters are bad and Shrawasti is one of the most impoverished districts of the state where the number of malnourished children and women is very high. I want a change in this scenario. We want improvement in health of children and women and therefore my government is working in this direction,” Yogi said