In India, the month of September is celebrated as the Poshan Maah or the National Nutrition Month. The main aim behind observing this day is to combat the issue of malnutrition in the country.
The observance of the Poshan Maah is an initiative by the Women and Child Development Ministry in association with the NITI Aayog, which is supported by 18 other government organizations. The Poshan Maah is observed under the Poshan Abhiyaan, which uses technology to a targeted approach to counteract stunting, under-nutrition approach. The main aim of this initiative is to make the rural masses aware of the importance of proper nutrients and nutritious food for a healthy body.
The focus of this scheme is on 8 themes-antenatal care, optimal breastfeeding, complementary feeding, anaemia, growth monitoring, girl education, diet, right age of marriage, hygiene and sanitation and food fortification.
In India, the month of September is celebrated as the Poshan Maah or the National Nutrition Month. The main aim behind observing this day is to combat the issue of malnutrition in the country.A program was organized by the Social Welfare Department in association with the Government of Assam to mark this special month at the Shrimanta Shankardeva Kalakshetra on September 1. The Chief Minister of Assam, Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma was the guest of honour along with the Social Welfare Minister, Ajanta Neog.
Addressing the esteemed public at the event, Dr Sarma took the opportunity to thank India's Prime Minister, Narendra Modi for marking this month for a noble cause. He even added that even after having all the necessary amenities and health care facilities we are somewhere unable to control the number of deaths of children due to malnutrition and the death of pregnant mothers. The progress of the country depends on its healthy population. Sarma said that it was the equal responsibility of every citizen to ensure the availability of nutritious food to each and every person of the state. He even ordered the officers of the social welfare department to do geo-tracking of every Anganwadi Kendra in order to see where there is a loophole in the nutrition chain of the state.
Dr Sharma fed a spoon of sweet to a few children and also flagged off a bus named "POSHAN ON WHEELS" along with Social Welfare Minister Ajanta Neog.