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Ensure quality ration to pregnant women: CM

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Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has instructed the officials to ensure high quality of take-home ration given to pregnant women and lactating mothers under ‘YSR Sampoorna Poshana’ and ‘YSR Sampoorna Poshana Plus’ schemes.

At a review meeting held by the Women Development and Child Welfare Department here on Monday, the Chief Minister said officials should develop SOPs on the distribution of groceries to ensure that quality material is delivered to all eligible mothers and women.

Available technology should be put to use while there should also be a strong monitoring system on groceries distribution.

While 2 kg of ragi powder, 1 kg of rice flakes, 250 grams jiggery, 250 grams chikki, 250 grams dry fruits, 3 kg rice, 1 kg red gram, half kilo edible oil, 25 eggs and 5 liters milk are given under ‘YSR Sampoorna Poshana’, 2 kg of Ragi powder ,1 kg of rice flakes, half kg jaggery, half kg chikki, half kg dry fruits, 3 kg rice, 1 kg red gram, half kilo edible oil, 25 eggs and 5 liters milk are given under YSR Sampoorna Poshana Plus.

He also directed them to observe the first and third Fridays in every month as the day of health, sanitation and nutrition in every village and link these activities with the Family Doctor programme so that growth, vaccination, nutrition and children’s habits can be monitored. Anganwadi supervisors also should participate in the monitoring programmes along with Family Doctors, he said.

Officials informed that steps are being taken to install equipment like salt scales, weighing machines and infant meters to monitor the growth of the children.

Stressing on the need to strengthen the teaching methods in anganwadis. The Chief Minister directed the officials to work on plans to focus on improving the curriculum of students of PP 1 and 2 classes by including spoken English topics in the devices of Anganwadi teachers to enable the kids learn proper pronunciation.

Distribution of kits containing 19 items to all 3 to 6 year old kids in Anganwadis would be completed by this month’s end, officials said.

Reviewing the progress of ‘Nadu-Nedu’ in Anganwadis, the Chief Minister directed the officials to develop anganwadis with all basic facilities like safe drinking water, furniture, toilets and class rooms and necessary repair works should be taken up by August 12 and completed along with other works of schools as part of Nadu-Nedu second phase.

He told the officials to create awareness among the public about the role played by the ‘Kalyanamastu-Shaddi Tohfa’, ‘Amma Vodi’, ‘Vidya Deevena’ and ‘Vasathi Deevena’ programmes in preventing child marriages.

He has also directed the officials to run the children’s homes efficiently by appointing necessary staff and giving them proper training to run them properly while developing a good curriculum for the inmates.

Officials informed him that, as per his instructions, they are taking steps to establish junior colleges for girls in every mandal.

Women and Child Welfare Minister KV Ushasri Charan, Chief Secretary Dr KS Jawahar Reddy, Special CS MT Krishna Babu, Principal Secretary G Jaya Lakshmi and Director M Vijaya Sunita (Medical and Health), School Education Commissioner (Infrastructure) K Bhaskar, AP Civil Supplies Corporation MD & VC G Veerapandyan and other officials were present.

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