PM Modi To Launch Scheme To Provide Nutrition To Mother, Newborn

| Updated : June 15, 2022, 12:31 pm
Updated : June 15, 2022, 12:31 pm


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Prime Minister Narendra Modi (file photo)


NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Gujarat government’s Mukhyamantri Matrushakti Yojana’ (MMY) on June 18 to provide nutritious food to pregnant and lactating mothers for initial 1,000 days along with their newborn children.

During his visit to his home state, PM Modi will also lay foundation stone for various development projects worth over Rs 21,000 crores in Vadodara under the ‘Gujrat Gaurav Abhiyan’, the state government said on Tuesday.

In addition to the MMY, the Poshan Sudha Yojna (PSY) will also be launched in the tribal talukas of Gujarat. “Women of the tribal areas will be covered under the benefits of this scheme,” the government said.

All the pregnant and lactating women along with those beneficiaries registered as pregnant or as a mother of child up to 2 years in the software of the Health Department from birth can avail the benefits of this scheme, as per the state government.

The beneficiaries under this scheme will be provided with two kg of chickpeas, one kg of Tuvar dal and one litre of groundnut oil from the Anganwadi Centres every month. The government has allocated a budget of Rs 811 crore for the MMY scheme, wherein a provision of Rs 4,000 crores will also be made for the next five years.

The Poshan Sudha Yojna was launched as a pilot project in 10 talukas of five districts including Dahod, Valsad, Mahisagar, Chhota Udepur and Narmada. Now, it is being expanded to a total 14 tribal districts comprising 106 talukas.

The mothers registered at Anganwadi will be provided with a one-time full nutritious meal. In addition, iron and calcium tablets as well as education on health and nutrition are also offered.

A special mobile application has also been created to monitor and review the scheme.

The provision made for this scheme is estimated at Rs 118 crore while 1.36 lakh beneficiaries are expected to be covered in each month.

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