Bhopal (Newdunia State Bureau). To improve health and nutrition levels in the state, the government will implement a nutrition policy for ten years. To eradicate malnutrition in farmer families, training will be given to grow nutritious food and women of the family will be made aware. Under the kitchen garden scheme, fruits and vegetable plants and seeds will be distributed to the farmers. Self-help groups in urban areas will be included in programs such as nutrition awareness and Annapurna Panchayat. The policy will be presented at the proposed cabinet meeting on June 1.
The Department of Women and Child Development has formulated the Nutrition Policy 2020-30 for the prevention of malnutrition. In this, it is proposed to give a big role to the farmers to eradicate malnutrition. Under this, the women of the peasant family will be trained and made aware about nutrition so that the physical as well as mental development of the children as well as the children of the household can be done.
The Department of Agriculture and Horticulture will distribute fruits and vegetable plants and seeds to promote the kitchen garden. Scheduled Tribe families will be included on priority. They will be made aware to grow and consume nutritious food through regular training.
Promotion of organic farming will be motivated to reduce the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Apart from this, the schools under the Municipal Corporation will be included in the programs for nutrition awareness based education. About 25 thousand groups operated under Deendayal Antyodaya National Urban Livelihood Mission will be made partners in programs like nutrition awareness and Annapurna Panchayat.
Departmental officials said that in case of epidemics like natural calamity and Kovid-19, a guideline will be prepared for nutritional care through Anganwadi service and public health system. Initiatives will be taken to share the kitchen and cuisine of locally celebrated festivals and festivals through Annapurna Panchayats keeping community nutrition in mind. Through MNREGA, the families of malnourished children will be ensured meaningful employment. Families of very malnourished children will also be ensured at least two hundred days of employment.