Sustained efforts, with cooperation from all will be undertaken to end malnutrition
In the last two years mortality rate of mother-child has come down the most in UP
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Akhilesh Yadav has said that the State government would swiftly execute the State Nutrition Mission and added that all efforts would be done with cooperation from all to end malnutrition. The Chief Minister further stated that the progress of the mission would be regularly monitored and if needed strict decisions will also be taken.
The Chief Minister was speaking today at his official residence at the launch of the state nutrition mission. He released the logo of the State Nutrition Mission and released the vision document of the mission. He expressed confidence that like making the state free of polio, the nutrition mission would also succeed in the state. He also lauded the contributions and efforts of the members of the ‘Citizens Alliance Against Malnutrition’ in taking on the challenges of malnutrition.
Mr. Yadav said that the state government had initiated a string of development works and pointed out that Uttar Pradesh was the only state where work on Metro Rail was being done in three districts and that in the tenure so far of the state government maximum bank accounts and new bank branches have been opened. Pointing out that 15 lakh free laptops had been given to class XII pass outs, the Chief Minister said work would begin soon on the Agra-Lucknow access controlled Expressway Other than this, he pointed out, 40 lakh poor women would be benefited by the Samajwadi Pension scheme under which Rs. 500 will be given to the women member of a family per month to look after the family. Referring to the pending ambulance service during the previous regime, Mr Yadav said due to the efforts of the present government ‘108 Samajwadi Health Service’ and 102 national ambulance service had been launched and poor, downtrodden, children, women, pregnant mothers were being benefited. Because of these services, the Chief Minister underlined, people were reaching hospitals in time and receiving proper treatment. Efforts like these have also began yielding results, the Chief Minister said, as was reflected in the lowering of the mortality rate of mothers and infants in Uttar Pradesh. He congratulated Health Minister Mr. Ahmad Hasan and his team for this achievement.
Health Minister Mr. Ahmad Hasan said malnutrition was a major problem and the biggest problem behind this was poverty. Other than this, lack of information was also a reason, the minister added. Member of Parliament Mrs. Dimple Yadav said ‘Citizens Alliance Against Malnutrition’ would play an important role in minimizing malnutrition through effective intervention. She expressed hope that the State Nutrition Mission would yield good results and improve the health of mothers and children.
Child Development and Nutrition Minister of State Mr. Kailash Chaurasia welcomed the guests at the function. Vote of thanks was proposed by child development and Nutrition Minister of State Mr. Waseem Ahmad. Principal Secretary Child Development and Nutrition Mr. Sadakant and Principal Secretary Health Mr. Arvind Kumar briefed the gathering of various initiatives taken by the department.
Senior Journalist Mrs. Neerja Chowdhary, British Economist Prof. Lawrence Haddad, Unicef’s head in India Mr. Louis-Georges Arsenault, Director General of the Maharashtra Nutrition Mission Ms. Vandana Krishna, legislator Mrs. Aradhana Mishra, Ms. Poonam Matreja and famous Ghazal Singer Ms. Peenaz Masani also expressed their views at the event. Also present on the occasion were ministers of the state government Mr. Rajendra Chowdhary, Mr. Abhishek Mishra, former MP Mr. Jayant Chowdhary and other public representatives, Deputy Chairman of the State Planning Commission Mr. NC Bajpayi, Agriculture Production Commissioner Mr. VN Garg, Principal Secretary (Planning) Mr. Devesh Chaturvedi, DG State Nutrition Mission Mr. Kamran Rizvi and other dignitaries.
मुख्यमंत्री श्री अखिलेश यादव ने कहा है कि उत्तर प्रदेश में राज्य पोषण मिशन का क्रियान्वयन तेजी से किया जाएगा। कुपोषण को दूर करने के लिए सभी के सहयोग से लगातार प्रयास किए जाएंगे। राज्य पोषण मिशन की प्रगति की नियमित समीक्षा की जाएगी और इसके क्रियान्वयन के सम्बन्ध में यदि आवश्यक हुआ तो कठोर फैसले भी लिए जाएंगे।
मुख्यमंत्री ने इस अवसर पर राज्य पोषण मिशन के ‘लोगो’ का अनावरण तथा मिशन के विज़न डॉक्यूमेन्ट का विमोचन भी किया।
उन्होंने विश्वास जताया जिस प्रकार प्रदेश को पोलियो से मुक्त करने में सफलता मिली, उसी प्रकार पोषण मिशन भी अपने मकसद में कामयाब होगा। मुख्यमंत्री ने कुपोषण की चुनौती का सामना करने के लिए ‘सिटीज़ंस एलाएंस अगेन्स्ट मालन्यूट्रीशन’ के सदस्यों की सक्रियता की सराहना भी की। यादव ने यह भी कहा कि राज्य सरकार विकास कार्यों पर तेजी से काम कर रही है।