3 Arunachalees win National Poshan Award

NEW DELHI, Oct  10: Two CDPOs and a supervisor received National Poshan Award (NPA) in a function  here on Wednesday, according to an official release.

The recipients included CDPOs  Mailong Taku Moyong (Mebo ICDS project) of East Siang district and Shilakani Namshum (Lekang ICDS project) of Namsai district received block level leadership award while Nuri Elapra got individual excellence field functionary award.

The NPA was instituted by Union Women & Child Development Ministry to recognise exemplary performers of recently concluded Rashtriya Poshan Maah (National Nutrion Month-September) under “PM’s overarching scheme for holistic nourishment” (Poshan Abhiyaan  scheme), a targeted approach through technology in convergence with related departments  to reduce level of stunting, under-nutrition, anemia and low birth weight in children.

The nation celebrated the month by conducting various programs in collaboration with various ministries  -H&F welfare, drinking water & sanitation, Panchayati Raj, RD, Housing & urban affairs, HRD, I&B, consumer affairs, food & public distribution, tribal affairs,  minority affairs, youth & sport, AYUSH.

The country divided into four groups for the award and  Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura, Uttrakhand, HP and J&K were under group 2. The states and UTs were asked to send nominations for various categories, field functionary anganwadi worker, ASHA, ANM, and supervisors under ICDS, village convergence award, leadership award for block and district officers, state level awards for best social media campaign, maximum reach, best innovative use of non-conventional methods.

Moyong, 51,  CDPO since 1997, had put in extra efforts in the campaign in her block under East Siang district to conduct recipe competition among  village women for awareness, instrumental in composing song in Adi language to be played in all events; part of AIR talk-shows in Hindi and local language for nutritional awareness.

Namshum, 53, showed exemplary leadership to hold  various programmes  involving various line departments,  organised one of the biggest poshan mela in the state to serve traditional cuisines  by village women, guided anganwadi children for conducting skits and plays using vegetable characters and explaining the source of vitamins for healthy body.

Supervisor Elapra ensured coverage of all anganwadi centres and organised 19 activities along with line departments including screening of anemia; demonstration of hand wash technique;  weighing of pregnant women and children; used innovative technology, like using portable Bluetooth speakers  to play messages on nutrition, played audio/video using mobile phones during home visits to counsel pregnant and lactating women.

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