RASHTRIYA POSHAN MAAH (Syllabus: GS Paper 2 – Government Scheme)

News-CRUX-10     2nd September 2023        

Context: Rashtriya Poshan Maah is a huge campaign for the health of our family: PM

Rashtriya Poshan Maah

  • About: Rashtriya Poshan Mah is observed as part of the POSHAN Abhiyan, which is the Prime Minister's comprehensive program for holistic nourishment.
  • The first week of September is designated as Rashtriya Posham Maah.
  • Aim: To increase understanding of the significance of nutrition in promoting well-being, fostering growth, and driving economic advancement.
  • Initially Launched: The American Dietetic Association initiated its launch in 1973 with the aim of educating people about nutrition.
  • India introduced: The concept of National Nutrition Week in 1982 to promote awareness of nutrition.
  • Initiative: Women and Child Development Ministry and NITI Aayog

POSHAN Abhiyan

  • Launched: In 2018 
  • Nodal Ministry: Ministry of Women and Child Development.
  • Aim: To achieve improvement in the nutritional status of Children (0-6 years) and Pregnant Women and Lactating Mothers (PW&LM) in a time-bound manner and ensure the attainment of a malnutrition-free India by 2022
  • Targets: To reduce stunting, under-nutrition, and anaemia (among young children, women and adolescent girls) and reduce low birth weight by 2%, 2%, 3% and 2% per annum respectively.