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Food for thought: Children performing at Maanur near Tirunelveli on Thursday.
Food for thought: Children performing at Maanur near Tirunelveli on Thursday.

Staff Reporter

National Nutrition Week celebration gets under way

TIRUNELVELI: National Nutrition Week was celebrated at Maanur near here on Thursday on behalf of the Integrated Child Development Scheme.

Inaugurating the celebration, the Minister for Social Welfare, Poongothai Aladi Aruna, said that the percentage of students with malnutrition in the developed countries stood at only 5 per cent while it was quite high in India and 24 per cent in Tamil Nadu. Hence the Government had been forced to conduct National Nutrition Week and World Breastfeeding Day celebrations in the State as awareness had to be created among the public, particularly among the mothers on giving mother’s milk and providing nutritious food to their children.

State schemes

To ensure the birth of healthy children, the Government was giving assistance to poor pregnant women for six months and the health of adolescent girls was also being taken care of, she said.

The District Revenue Officer, G. Srinivasan, said that the Tamil Nadu Government was ensuring the health of the children through the 42,000-odd nutrition meal centres and 46,000-odd anganvadis in the State.

In Tirunelveli district, 3,400 beneficiaries had received pattas for ‘poramboke’ land on which they had constructed houses, and free colour television sets had been given away to over 82,000 persons while 15,000 families received free gas stoves with LPG cylinder.

“Over 10,000 tonnes of rice is being given to the poor families every month at the rate of Rs. 2 a kg,” Mr. Srinivasan said.

The District Project Officer, ICDS, A. Devikumari, among others, spoke.

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