Sunday, September 26, 2021

Union Minister Smriti Irani urges all State governments to participate in POSHAN Maah 2021 wholeheartedly

Minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Zubin Irani chaired the National Conference, 2021, which was held on the 30th and 31st of August at Kevadia, Gujarat, and was attended by Dr Mahendrabhai Munjpara, Minister of State for WCD and Ministers from various States, as well as Principal Secretaries of States/ UTs Women and Child Development / Social Welfare Department. The Union Minister while expressing her ideas about Mission Poshan 2.0, mentioned that Poshan Maah 2021 was going to commence from 1st September 2021. She urged all the State governments to participate in it wholeheartedly and decide on their own the targets for developing Poshan Vatikas; carrying outdrives for identification and follow-up treatment of SAM children in consonance with streamlined guidelines of 13th January 2021.

 

The National Conference was a platform to discuss and deliberate on better implementation and governance of schemes and programmes of the Ministry namely, the new initiatives on the three key missions: Mission Poshan 2.0, Mission Vatsalya, and Mission Shakti were discussed in detail.

The key event began on August 31st, 2021, with a tribute to the ‘LauhPurush’ of India, the great visionary, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, at the Statue of Unity by the Union Minister, WCD. This was followed by the planting of nutri-fruit saplings at Mahila Evam Bal Sashaktikaran Van, by the WCD Ministers of all States and UTs to exemplify the vision of ‘Ek Bharat Shreshth Bharat,’ and to promote plantation of PoshanVatikas / Nutri-gardens all over the country.

During the conference, presentations on the three key Missions and Global Indices were made by the senior officers of the Union Ministry. Furthermore, the Chairpersons of NCPCR and NCWalso presented their perspectives on child rights and women empowerment. The State representatives actively participated in the deliberations and provided their valuable inputs and suggestions.

 Later in the day, Smriti Zubin Irani, Union Minister for Women and Child Development, delivered the keynote address, sharing her vision for the future of women and children of India. The Union Minister while expressing her ideas about Mission Poshan 2.0, mentioned that Poshan Maah 2021 was going to commence from 1st September 2021. She urged all the State governments to participate in it wholeheartedly and decide on their own the targets for developing Poshan Vatikas; carrying outdrives for identification and follow-up treatment of SAM children in consonance with Streamlined guidelines of 13th January 2021. She also requested the States to improve the infrastructure of AWCs and saturate the supply of mobile phones and GMDs during the month.

While elaborating on Mission Vatsalya, the Cabinet Minister, WCD emphasized the importance of recent amendments in the Juvenile Justice (JJ) Act. She expressed that it would increase the accountability of DC/DMs and would facilitate the reintegration of vulnerable children into society. She requested the representatives of State governments to provide their views and suggestions for Rules to be framed under JJ Amendment Act.

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