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While launching India's first supplementary nutritional food programme aiming to reach about 40 lakh poor beneficiaries through the framework of Anganwadi, Chief Minister Shri Narendrabhai Modi describe it as an unique movement sure to free children and pregnant women from the problem of malnutrition.

Women and Child Welfare Department has announced a battle against malnutrition where under Integrated Child Development Programme, beneficiaries will be given ready to cook, pre-mix food containing micronutrients that can prepare more than 70 items including Sukhadi, Shira, Upma and Balbhog, right at their doorstep through 44789 Anganwadis of the State.

State Government has made a provision of Rs 730 cr for the nutritional food programme and Rs 150 cr for girls summing Rs 896 cr. Chief Minister today made a token distribution of supplementary nutritional food to the beneficiaries.

Chief Minister lauded the works of women workers of Anagnwadi. He said that luxury of fast food is limited to riches but ready to cook pack will prove as a nutritional alternative for poor mothers and children.

Appeal to donate toys

Chief Minister made an appeal to push an innovative step for the psychological development of the children of Anganwadi through toys. He appealed to NGOs and society leaders that during June they should go to rich families and should collect toys that their children are not playing and bring them to the children of Anganwadi.

Women and Child Welfare Minister Smt Anandiben Patel said that a new department has been started from the year 2002 for women empowerment and for making a healthy society. She said that a provision of Rs 100 cr has been made by State Government to build separate buildings for Anganwadis.

Health Minister of State Shri Parbatbhai Patel, MP Smt Jayshriben Patel, Chairperson of State Women Commission Smt Lilaben Ankoliya, MLA Shri Shambhuji Thakor, dignitaries along with high officials and Aganwadi workers in large number were present on the occasion.
 
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