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Maharashtra Government To Provide Free meals To Tribal Pregnant Women

  • IWB Post
  •  November 4, 2015


Maharashtra government has declared to support the tribal belt in the state suffering from malnutrition. This scheme comes under the launch of the ambitious APJ Abdul Kalam Amrut Ahaar Yojna, that will benefit all pregnant tribal women.

The scheme will ensure that every pregnant tribal woman gets at least one full meal a day, free of cost, to take care of her nutritious needs. Starting November 15, the Rs 22-meal will cost the exchequer Rs 75 crore a year. Besides, the women and child welfare department will spend Rs 10 crore in stipend to anganwadi workers.

The “hot cooked” meal will be provided for six months, beginning from third trimester of pregnancy and continuing for three months after delivery, to ensure that the babies benefit during the lactation period.

Rajgopal Deora, secretary, Tribal Development Department, said, “The scheme is unique in the sense that the government role will be as a funding agency. It will be the tribal women and the local ‘meal committees’ who will be implementing the scheme. This is an experiment…the government, while aiming to ensure healthy and hygienic food, don’t want any corruption to happen in such a big welfare scheme.”

Now this is what we call, the correct use of power and resources by our politicians.

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