Poshan Abhiyaan: Empowering Communities For Healthier And Nourished India

By Outlook Planet Desk May 31, 2023

Poshan Abhiyaan, which was initiated in 2018 to address the issue of malnutrition, has come a long way

Poshan Abhiyaan: Empowering Communities For Healthier And Nourished India
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The Poshan Abhiyaan was launched in 2018 to address the country's malnutrition problem. The National Nutrition Mission, also known as the Poshan Abhiyaan, is a major scheme initiated by the Modi government. The mission has come a long way towards achieving its goals. Ever since it was launched, it has tirelessly worked towards ensuring holistic development and adequate nutrition for pregnant women, mothers, and children. 

The mission's purpose is to tackle hunger and stunting in specified Indian districts with the highest malnutrition burdens by increasing utilisation of important Anganwadi Services and enhancing Anganwadi Service delivery quality.

The curriculum has a multi-sectoral strategy and focuses on cross-departmental collaboration.

Poshan tracker, a sophisticated ICT-enabled platform, has been built to capture real-time data on the deployment and monitoring of Anganwadi Services across the country.

The emphasis is on raising awareness through community-based events and campaigns. Every year, Poshan Maah and Poshan Pakhwada are held to spread the message of nutrition.

Saksham Anganwadi is strengthening 40 thousand Anganwadi centres with better infrastructure such as internet access, LED screens, and smart learning and child-friendly learning equipment.

Under the Swachhta Action Plan, the government has made funding available to states for the construction of toilets and the provision of drinking water amenities.

Incentives are also being offered to Anganwadi workers who complete at least 60% of home visits to pregnant women, nursing mothers, and children under the age of two.