IMPHAL, Sept 13 (NNN): Union minister for women and child development, Smriti Irani took part in a POSHAN cycle rally in Manipur’s Bishnupur district on Sunday by riding a bicycle.
The Union minister was on a two-day visit in the state to attend ongoing POSHAN Maah celebrations in the state.
On the second day of her visit, Irani attended a series of programmes including Anaemia Screening Camp at district panchayat resource centre and a POSHAN cycle rally.
She took part in the cycle rally by riding a bicycle along with anganwadi workers and helpers.
Earlier, in her speech at the Anaemia Screening Camp, the Union minister said that nutrition was a concern not only for a mother or a doctor but for the economy and community as a whole.
Highlighting the objective of the POSHAN Maah, she asserted that the first two years of a child’s life is crucial.
“India can be a strong and prosperous nation when all women and children are totally nourished and healthy,” she said.
She said that the challenges ahead of malnutrition can be fought effectively through dedicated efforts from anganwadi workers and helpers.
She lauded the anganwadi workers and helpers for their role in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic saying that amid the pandemic crisis, they continued to provide their services at the doorsteps.
They distributed nutritious food items being supplied under the ICDS scheme to young children, pregnant and lactating mothers even during the crucial time of Covid pandemic, she said.
“Your roles are not less than a Covid warrior,” she added.
Later, the Union minister flagged off POSHAN Walk at INA Memorial Complex at Moirang of the same district.
The programme aimed at creating awareness on the nutritional needs for children, pregnant women, and lactating mothers.
During an interaction programme with the anganwadi workers and helpers at the INA Memorial Hall, the Union minister assured of providing smartphones to anganwadi workers as growth monitoring devices within three weeks.
The Union minister further talked on initiatives being taken up by her ministry for the welfare of the anganwadi workers and helper.
“My ministry is always supporting anganwadi workers and helpers across the country,” she said, and added that her ministry was considering relieving the anganwadi workers and helpers from being overburdened with extra workloads.