Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has stressed on the need to focus on ensuring good quality, easily accessible and affordable maternal healthcare services for all women. Launching the Bharatiya POSHAN Anthem in New Delhi, Mr Naidu said, people’s participation is essential to ensure holistic development and adequate nutrition for pregnant women, mothers and children. He said, preventing early marriage of girls, addressing girl-dropout from schools, delaying first pregnancy and adequate spacing between births will contribute to better nutrition.
Vice President also said there is an urgent need to establish coordination among various agencies, departments of both central and state governments to ensure the best implementation of POSHAN Abhiyaan. He also urged MPs to priorities welfare of the children of their constituencies in their development efforts. Mr Naidu also stressed on the need to invest in training and capacity building of Anganwadi workers.
He said, the success of Poshan Abhiyaan depends upon the collective efforts of all including optimum utilization of Anganwadi Services. Mr Naidu said, more than 12 crore women, over six crore men and 13 crore children were reached through various activities undertaken during POSHAN Maah in September last year. He said, it must be ensured that the momentum is not weakening to achieve the target of malnutrition free India by 2022.