Rashtriya Poshan Maah 2020 under POSHAN Abhiyaan

Rashtriya Poshan Maah

September month is celebrated as Rashtriya Poshan Maah each year under POSHAN Abhiyaan (PM’s Overarching Scheme for Holistic Nourishment), which was launched in 2018. Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has undertaken several activities during Poshan Maah that started on 1st September 2020. PoshanMaah aims to create mobilization across the country for improving Nutritionindicators.

Department of Youth Affair’s Nehru Yuva Kendra Sanghathan (NYKS) has been celebrating National Nutrition Month (Rashtriya Poshan Maah) across the country for the past two years in the month of September.  The message of HarGharPoshanTyohar would be taken forward. As a part of the observance of RashtriyaPoshanMaah, District Nehru YuvaKendras motivated the National Youth Volunteers (NYVs), Members of Youth Clubs, COVID volunteers, Ganga Doots, and other NYVs to sensitize the villagers on the issues of Malnutrition, the importance of breastfeeding, promotion of Kitchen gardens in collaboration with District Administration, Anganwadi, ASHA Workers for effective implementation.

The Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, Shri Kiren Rijiju said “NYKS is one of the largest youth organizations in the world. The youth volunteers are continuously engaged in nation-building activities like education, health, and sanitation, environment, awareness on social issues, women empowerment, civic education among others. In the month of September, we are celebrating PoshanMaahto take forward the message of Har Ghar Poshan Tyohar. This aims to bring about the much-needed awareness especially in villages about the need for a healthy and nutritious diet for lifelong well-being”.

Rashtriya Poshan Maah
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A total of 1,04,421 activities have been taken up so far during Poshan Maahin which 51,02,912 youth and villagers took part in 1,125 Webinars were organized with the support of different resource persons to guide on topics such as prevention of malnutrition, especially severely acutely malnourished children during and after pandemic with Nutrition experts, best practices, and success stories, etc.

The youth and villagers were sensitized on the core issues of Poshan (Nutrition). Banners and publicity material including digital were displayed/ shared in 74,213 villages highlighting core issues of Poshan (Nutrition).

While maintaining social distancing,1862 meetings with eminent citizens were organized in which 36,274 youth played a key role 25,164 Pledge taking ceremonies were organized in which 6,54,320 youth took the pledge for Poshan. Messages on PoshanMaah through social media platforms were disseminated through which 38.00 lakh youth and villagers were benefited.

29,057 Rallies, Run, Pad Yatra, Cycle Yatra, Cultural Programmes, NukkadNataks, Short Film Shows, Exhibitions, Competitions (Quiz, Painting, Poster Making, Essay, and Slogan Writing, Wall Writing, Declamation, etc.) have also been organized.

District Nehru YuvaKendras ensured that while undertaking the PoshanMaah activities, the youth should wear a face mask, wash their hands-on regular intervals, take due care for personnel hygiene and maintenance of social distancing as well as follow properly the advisories and Guidelines issued by Government and District Administration.  Further, as per local notifications, permissions for conducting activities may be sought from District Administration.

News Source: Press Information Bureau

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