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Chhattisgarh CM targets malnutrition and anemia, announces a campaign in October

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, speaking to media in Kondagaon on Friday announced that the state government will launch a campaign for eliminating “malnutrition” and “anemia” in all 11 aspirational districts of the state. The state has set an ambitious target of eradicating the mentioned diseases in 3years.

On the occasion of International Day of the world’s indigenous people, the Chief Minister addressed a state-level program held in Kondagaon. The campaign will see its inauguration coinciding with 150th birth anniversary of Mahatama Gandhi.

Addressing the common public, Chief Minister said, “The state government has set the goal to make Chhattisgarh malnutrition and anemia free within the next three years. Under this campaign, people suffering from malnutrition and anemia will be provided free of cost nutritious food every day.”

He also mentioned the data from NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) which shows that 37.60 percent of children of age below 5 years in Chhattisgarh suffer from malnutrition. The report also says that 41.50 percent of daughters and mothers in the state are suffering from anemia.

The campaign was earlier started on a pilot phase in selected panchayat of Dantewada and Bastar districts last month. The covered areas were Korba, Sarguja, Koriya and other selected panchayat areas and now it will be rolled out on a full-fledged scale.

He said that free nutritious meals will be provided every day to the patients of malnutrition and anemia. The beneficiaries will be selected as per the list issued by each of the gram panchayats. And the meals will be customized as per the physical requirement and preferences of each individual as per the reports.

Funds for the scheme will be sanctioned from DMF (District Mineral Foundation), CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) funds, and respective development and panchayat authorities on a monthly basis.

He also ensured to oversee the maximum participation of non-state entities such as charitable organizations, public representatives, NGOs, media groups to implement the campaign successfully.


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