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Karnataka: 64 lakh students suffer nutrition loss as Ksheera Bhagya Scheme discontinued

UP: CM initiates Hot Cooked Meal Scheme for children aged 3 to 6

November 27, 2023

On Friday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath launched the ‘Hot Cooked Meal Scheme,’ aiming to provide nourishing hot meals to children aged three to six at Anganwadi centers throughout the state. Adityanath inaugurated the initiative at the Composite School in Ayodhya, emphasizing that well-nourished and healthy children are fundamental to building a robust India.

During his visit to the holy town, Adityanath announced the commencement of the nutritious meal program ahead of the historic installation of Ram Lalla in his temple on January 22 after 500 years. The scheme, modeled after mid-day meals, commenced in Ayodhya, symbolizing an auspicious beginning.

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

Adityanath highlighted the importance of coordination among various departments for the successful implementation of the initiative. He commended the collaborative effort that led to the eradication of encephalitis in eastern UP within four years, underscoring the significance of inter-departmental coordination.

With 1.90 lakh Anganwadi centers operating in the state and over two crore registered beneficiaries, Adityanath noted that these centers offer six types of services. The introduction of the ‘Hot Cooked Meal Scheme’ represents a significant step, providing hot meals to 80 lakh children aged three to six for the first time in the state.

Addressing Anganwadi workers and helpers, the chief minister likened their role to that of Yashoda Maa in the Dwapara yuga, nurturing and serving hundreds of ‘Kanhas,’ contributing to the foundation of a strong India. Adityanath acknowledged improvements in nutrition schemes over the past seven years but emphasized the need for continuous efforts and involvement of multiple departments, including Women and Child Development, Panchayati Raj, and Urban Development, to ensure the health and well-being of children.

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