DC Dimapur, Sushil Kumar Patel, IAS speaking at the Tribal Food Mela held at Eklavya Model Residential School Diphupar on September 19. (DIPR Photo)
Dimapur, September 20 (MExN): As part of Rashtriya Poshan Maa (National Nutrition Week), Tribal Food Mela was held at Eklavya Model Residential School Diphupar on September 19.
Deputy Commissioner Dimapur, Sushil Kumar Patel, IAS who graced the occasion as the guest of honour maintained that the Government of India, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, took the initiative of National Nutrition Mission for improvement of Nutrition standard in the country. Under this scheme, the Government has concern for a comprehensive plan to work for health aspect of not only children but also pregnant women and lactating mothers.
Explaining with datas that 1 in every 2 children as anaemic; and 1 in 3 children as mal-nourished, Sushil Kumar said Rashtriya Poshan Maa was launched in March 2018 by Prime Minister, Modi with an aim to improve nutrition in the country by covering all districts across the country under this scheme. Citing that large variety of adulteration takes place in food in the cities, DC observed that Tribal food means organic food and commented, “Organic food is logically good for health.”
Brand Ambassador, Rashtriya Poshan Maa, Professor Alongla P. Aier observed that physical growth and mental development would not be developed as desired if one lacks proper nutrition. He advised the gathering of students for following balance diet and also to stay away from drugs, alcohol and tobacco. “Determine yourselves to live life to the fullest and give back something to the people,” she encouraged. She further remarked, “A nation who does not take care of children, youth and mothers has something to worry.”
Deputy Director from Ministry of Tribal Affairs, GOI, Biswas Behari Panigrahi, who was also present said that National Nutrition Mission aims to bring all deprived children and mothers under the coverage of nutrition mission. He informed that the mission would cover 10 crore beneficiaries mainly children and lactating mothers. He further said that in line with the mission cleanliness drive will be held where villages, districts, school and college students will be sensitised about cleanliness for improvement of health and eco system. Biswas informed that the Ministry of Tribal Affairs have stopped using plastic mineral water bottles and uses paper cups instead and urged others to do the same. Calling the children as ambassadors and change agents, he urged upon the students to take forward the message to their friends and parents.
Highlights of the programme included song and drama presentation by EMRS Diphupar students. Nongothung Ovung chaired the programme while Administrator EMRS, Rev. Yanger Walling proposed the vote of thanks. The programme was jointly organised by Tribal Research Institute, Department of Art and Culture and Department of Planning and Coordination, Government of Nagaland.