Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani today gave away the Poshan Abhiyaan Awards for 2018-19 in different categories at a function in New Delhi.
The awards were given to the States, Districts, blocks and Anganwadi Workers for their contributions in scaling up the Abhiyaan and ensuring that it reaches every household in the country.
The awards are aimed at motivating the primary stakeholders and encourage large scale citizen participation in creating awareness to combat malnutrition. The awards are also intended to foster a spirit of healthy competition among States to improve service delivery to beneficiaries.
Speaking on the occasion, Mrs Smriti Irani said, as many ad 363 awards were given and 22 crore rupees were disbursed to the awardees. She expressed hope that with the help of all the stakeholders, the challenges of malnutrition will be addressed and the country will become malnutrition free.
She said, from next month, a month-long Poshan Abhiyaan will begin in which the government has set a target to connect 44 crore people through this campaign. She said, last year, 22 crore people added through this programme. (AIR NEWS)