In a significant move towards improving the overall health and well-being of its residents, Odisha’s Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik, unveiled the “Mukhyamantri Sampoorna Pushti Yojana.” This initiative, along with the complementary “Pada Pushti Yojana,” is a concerted effort to address the nutritional needs of mothers, adolescent girls, and children in the state. The launch of these programs demonstrates the government’s commitment to enhancing the nutritional status of its citizens and fostering a healthier future.
The Mukhyamantri Sampoorna Pushti Yojana
The Mukhyamantri Sampoorna Pushti Yojana is a comprehensive program aimed at tackling malnutrition and improving the nutritional well-being of the most vulnerable groups in Odisha—mothers, adolescent girls, and children. The program encompasses a wide range of initiatives designed to ensure that no one is left behind when it comes to receiving proper nutrition.
1)Targeted Support for Malnourished Children: Under this scheme, preparations have been made to provide entire meals to extremely malnourished children. Additionally, children who are moderately underweight will receive eggs and vitamin-enriched “chhatua” (roasted gram flour) as part of their diet. Children who are very underweight will receive complete meals to help them regain their health.
2)Nutritional Supplements for Pregnant Women and New Mothers: Pregnant women and new mothers will benefit from the provision of dry food supplements, ensuring they receive the essential nutrients they need during this critical phase of life.
The Pada Pushti Yojana
Complementing the Mukhyamantri Sampoorna Pushti Yojana, the “Pada Pushti Yojana” focuses on delivering top-notch cooked food to youngsters living in rural and tribal areas within their enclaves and villages. This initiative recognizes the importance of providing freshly prepared meals to children, especially those in remote regions.
The Importance of Nutrition in Development
Speaking at a meeting held at the Lok Seva Bhawan Convention Center, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik emphasized the close relationship between success and nutrition. He highlighted that improved nutrition is pivotal in achieving the state’s development objectives. The Chief Minister recognized that the foundation of a healthy family diet is laid by mothers and stressed their essential role in the success of these programs.
Odisha’s Commitment to Nutrition
Odisha has consistently demonstrated its commitment to addressing nutritional issues. In 2020–21, it became the first state in the nation to create a dedicated nutrition budget. The Mamata Yojana, which focuses on the well-being of pregnant women and young babies, has been providing proper care and support. The launch of the Mukhyamantri Sampoorna Pushti Yojana reinforces Odisha’s dedication to improving the nutritional status of its citizens and creating a healthier future for all.