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37,000 children no more malnourished in Chhattisgarh: WCD Minister

The Chhattisgarh government here today claimed that over 37,000 children in the state have become healthy and are no more malnourished, thanks to state's 'Nava Jatan Yojna'.

Raipur: The Chhattisgarh government here today claimed that over 37,000 children in the state have become healthy and are no more malnourished, thanks to state's 'Nava Jatan Yojna'.

State Women and Child Development Minister Ramshila Sahu told reporters that the rate of malnourishment has been consistently going down in the state.

She said in the third round of 'Nava Jatan Yojna' that began in September last year and was implemented in 27 districts by December 2014, out of total 66,000 malnourished children, 28 per cent were taken out of the clutches of malnourishment.

The welfare programme was first implemented in Kondagaon village in 2012, she added.

The Yojna is being run with a target to bring down malnourishment rate and in the third round, out of the total 66,000 malnourished children, it is targeted that 40-45 per cent should become healthy by the end of the round, Sahu said.

She said children in all 27 districts have been weighed, verified and data entry on software process is also completed. All children have been kept under monitoring.

For monitoring, 1,066 gram panchayats have been chosen while 1,500 women self-help groups and 2,850 volunteers have been engaged for the task.

Each self-help group has been given the task to monitor 25 malnourished children while volunteers are given a group of 10 children, the minister added.

She said selection of gram panchayats at the district level has been done on the basis of maximum number of malnourished children.

The minister said that the 'yojna' is based on community management, involving various stakeholders like anganwadi workers, WCD project officers, supervisors, parents, gram panchayats, self-help groups and local NGOs.

In the first round of the Yojna, 22,329 mild, and severely malnourished children in 340 gram panchayats were targeted and out of which around 35.12 per cent (7,036) were brought into the 'normal' category, she said.

Sahus said that in the second round, 38,291 children in 573 gram panchayats in 27 districts, falling under 'mild' and 'severely' malnourished categories were identified, out of which 16,341 (48.78 per cent) were given nutrition and taken out of grips of malnourishment.

 

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