State Mission Director, Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme, VirJeeHangloo has asked District Programme Officer ICDS Kargil to ensure effective implementation of ICDS Schemes in the district so that maximum population is benefited.He was speaking during a meeting convened here to review the functioning of ICDS Schemes especially PMMVY and Poshan Abhiyan in Kargil.Hangloo stressed on the need for an integrated approach for the effective implementation of various welfare schemes initiated by the government.During the meeting, it was highlighted that the main aim of POSHAN Abhiyaan is to ensure convergence of all nutrition-related schemes of the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) for target population. POSHAN Abhiyaan ensures convergence of various programmes i.e. Anganwadi Services, Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY), Scheme for Adolescent Girls of MWCD; Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY), National Health Mission (NHM) of MoH&FW; Swachh Bharat Mission of Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation (DW&S); Public Distribution System (PDS) of Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution (CAF&PD); Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) of Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD); Ministry of Panchayati Raj and Urban Local Bodies through the Ministry of Urban Development.
Hangloo, enjoined upon the field functionaries to ensure that planned activities are carried upto grass root level for celebrating the month of September as National Nutrition Month (Rashtriya PoshanMaah) as part of the Jan Andolan under Poshan Abhiyan. He reiterated that the main objective to celebrate the Month of September as National Nutrition Month (Rashtriya PoshanMaah) is to raise awareness on the importance of nutrition for health which has an impact on development, productivity, economic growth and ultimately National development. Nutrition is an issue of survival, health and development for current and succeeding generations. Child born underweight have impaired immune function and increased risk of diseases such as diabetes and heart diseases in their later life.He further added that to address the issue of malnutrition at an early age, it is necessary to create a mass movement to generate awareness. This requires a series of convergent and well-coordinated efforts in relevant sectors as malnutrition is an outcome of several sets of inadequacies and access to services.The meeting was attended by District Programme Officer, ICDS Kargil, and CDPO’s of District Kargil amongst others.