Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb interacting with a pregnant woman in Agartala during his visit in February Credit: File image

Agartala: In a bid to fight against malnutrition and to increase the nutritional support to pregnant mothers, Tripura government has announced Mukhyamantri Matru Pushti Uphaar, a special scheme to provide nutrition kits to pregnant and lactating women, said social welfare and social education minister Santana Chakma.

Speaking in a press conference, Chakma said that those women who have confirmed pregnancy would be tested four times in the nearby primary health centres (PHC) and accordingly they would be given poshan (nutrition) kit consisting of eight types of food items under the Matri Pushti Uphaar scheme.

“A poshan kit having food items like ground nut, roasted Bengal gram, soyabeans, mixed dal, jaggery, ghee, cashew nuts, raisins would be provided in addition to Rs 500 cash four time after their test in PHCs. A total of 40,000 women would be benefited annually under this scheme, while the government has estimates to incur Rs 8 crore financial involvement for the scheme annually,” Chakma said.

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She also said that earlier over 58,996 women beneficiaries were benefited under the Pradhan Mantri Matru Bandana Yojana scheme with Rs 5,000 in three installments in case of first live child. Tripura has ranked 2nd in the region and 9th among all the states.

Speaking about the malnutrition, Chakma said that the state government has decided to provide additional nutritional support for 464 severely malnourished children (SAM) to relive their malnutrition by spending extra expenditure of nearly Rs 25 lakh

A total of 464 SAM children were identified by taking weight and plotting height in UNICEF prescribed growth chart maintained across 9,911 Anganwadi Centres.

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“The state government has taken up special steps to boost their diet further. The SAM children will receive 20 gm of Jaggery for 6 days a week, 20 ml milk to all SAM for six days a week, six eggs a week to SAM children”, Chakma said.

She also said that the government would spend Rs 3.11 lakh for extra eggs, Rs 1.33 lakh for Jaggery and Rs 18.70 lakh on milk for SAM children.

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“We have set a target and not a single child having malnourished would be left behind. All the Anganwadi centres are playing an active role in keeping note on the health condition and proper diet of the childrens”, Chakma added.

Earlier, in February chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb had started visiting households across the state and gave nutritional kits to pregnant and lactating mothers in a bid to combat malnutrition.

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