The Indiramma Amrutha Hastham (IAH) scheme has been launched in the district on Tuesday. As many as 29,604 pregnant and lactating women belonging to 29 mandals under the nine ICDS projects will be benefited by the IAH. These ICDS projects include Aswaraopet, Bhadrachalam, V R Puram, Sudimalla, Yellendu, Venkatapuram, Kunavaram, Burgumpadu and Kallur. The scheme envisages provision of “One full meal” to pregnant and lactating women daily. It is intended to provide nutritious food to the beneficiaries and thereby reduce the incidence of infant and maternal mortality rates. Minister for Horticulture R. Venkat Reddy formally launched IAH scheme at Kothalingala village in Kamepalli mandal on Tuesday.
Addressing a meeting held on the occasion, Mr. Reddy said nutritious food will be served to the pregnant and lactating women at the Anganwadi centres concerned on a daily basis under the IAH scheme. The scheme is aimed at improving the nutritional status of pregnant and lactating women. The nutritional intervention will help reduce anaemia among pregnant women and prevent low birth weight infants, he said calling upon the field staff of the District Women and Child Development Agency (D W & C D A) to ensure optimum utilisation of the scheme by the pregnant and lactating women. DW&CDA project officer D. Sukhjeevan Babu and others spoke.