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Well-nourished & healthy children to become basis of strong India: Yogi


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Ayodhya: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday said that Ram Lala is going to be installed in his own temple on January 22 next year and that is after 500 years.

Prior to this historic occasion, the work of providing nutritious meals, on the lines of mid-day meals, to children aged 3 to 6 years in the state began from Ayodhya, signifying an auspicious beginning.

Inaugurating the ‘Hot Cooked Meal Scheme’ at the Composite School located at the Police Lines, the CM said, “Well-nourished and healthy children will become the basis of a strong India.”

He also laid the foundation stone of 3,401 Anganwadi centers in 35 districts at a cost of Rs 403 crore and inaugurated a transit hostel for police personnel in Ayodhya Reserve Police Lines.

Addressing the event, Yogi highlighted that the initiative to provide hot meals with diverse menus on different days, following the model of the Mid-Day Meal, will progress with the mutual coordination of various departments.

Drawing attention to the successful eradication of encephalitis in eastern UP, he said that due to inter-departmental coordination, we were able to control the disease within four years, which claimed the lives of 50,000 children in 40 years. “Therefore, it becomes essential that the work on the schemes be done through inter-departmental coordination, which can lead to better outcomes,” he said.

The Chief Minister said that there are 1.90 lakh Anganwadi centers operating in the state, with more than two crore beneficiaries registered. “These centers provide six types of services. For the first time in the state, the auspicious work of providing hot cooked meals to 80 lakh children aged 3 to 6 years is being started,” he said.

Addressing the Anganwadi workers and helpers present at the program, Yogi said, “Children are the form of God. You are fortunate because, like Yashoda Ma in the Dwapara Yuga, who nurtured Krishna in his childhood, you are serving and taking responsibility for the nourishment and health of hundreds of Kanhas, contributing to the basis of a strong India. It is your fortune that you have got this opportunity.”

The CM said that there were many questions about nutrition schemes in the past. “However, significant improvements have been made in the last 6 to 7 years. There is improvement in the levels of anemia among children, and notable progress has been observed in cases of underweight, height, and overall weight. There has also been a reduction in the infant mortality rate,” he said.

Yogi said that there is still room for further improvement and continuous efforts are required. “Healthy children are not only the responsibility of the Women and Child Development Department, but the Panchayati Raj and Urban Development Department should also be involved in it,” he said.

Prior to this, the Chief Minister visited the classrooms of the Composite School at the Police Lines, interacted with the children and took information about their education and school uniforms. He then served food to the schoolchildren.

During the programme, he watched a short film related to the Hot Cooked Meal Scheme in Anganwadi centers and distributed ‘Poshan bhi Padhai bhi’ kits to Anganwadi workers and helpers.

Yogi also inaugurated two buildings with 12 floors each for the residence of police officers in Ayodhya. He said that high-quality buildings are being constructed for police officers in all police lines across the state.

He said, “It is the priority of the government to construct good barracks for the policemen to live in all the police stations. Soon, no police officer will be compelled to stay in dilapidated barracks. The government is committed to providing the best facilities to police officers,” the CM added.

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