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WCD asks states to nominate nutrition spokespersons in every district: Official

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The has asked states to nominate spokespersons in every district to ensure consistent and mass local engagement of people in the country's fight against malnourishment, an said.

The spokespersons would be nominated for the 'Jan Andolan' launched by the ministry under the 'Poshan Abhiyan', a programme aimed to improve nutritional outcomes for children, pregnant women and lactating mothers and to reduce the level of stunting, under-nutrition, anemia and low birth weight in children.

The ministry wants the programme to become a mass movement which sees participation from all stakeholders, a Women and said.

"The ministry has asked the states to nominate spokespersons, who would ensure consistent and mass local engagement at every district," he said.

The spokespersons would be tasked with spreading awareness on the issue of malnourishment and stunting and would also recognise and incentivise champions.

They would also mobilise private and public sectors for malnutrition-free panchayats, he said.

The said in order to spread awareness, the ministry will use to improve the reach of 'Poshan Abhiyan'.

It would ensure free airtime to run advertising on nutrition during primetime on DD Regional.

The ministry will also promote broadcast of national programmes on nutrition and develop new programmes on nutrition.

They also plan to develop new programmes on nutrition- talk shows, or cuisine shows linked to nutrition and health on radio, he said.

The 'Poshan Abhiyan' has been tasked with bringing down stunting of the children in the age group of 0-6 years from 38.4 per cent to 25 per cent by the year 2022.

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First Published: Sat, July 14 2018. 10:35 IST