Gandhinagar:30/8/21:Union Home Minister, Shri Amit Shah launched nutritious a ‘Laddu Distribution Scheme’ for pregnant women in his Parliamentary constituency Gandhinagar today. On this occasion, Shri Amit Shah said that today is the festival of Janmashtami and on this day, 5,100 years ago, Lord Krishna was born. He said that Lord Krishna was born at a time when the country needed someone who couldshow it the way to tread the path of Dharma. Lord Krishna was a thinker with a multi-dimentional personality, who created the “Geeta” and established Dharma. It is a matter of pride for the people of Gujarat that Gujarat was his Karmabhoomi. Shri Amit Shah greeted all countrymen and people from across the world on the occasion of Shri Krishna Janmashtami. Union Home Minister congratulated Indian medal winners at the Tokyo Paralympics. Shri Shah said that child form of Lord Krishna is considered a model for a healthy child and it is a pleasant feeling that from today, around 7,000 expecting women in Gandhinagar will be provided 15 nutritious laddus each, free of cost, every month through NGOs till the birth of their child. He said that there will be no expenditure by the Government, as the responsibility for this will be borne by the NGOs.
Union Home Minister said that the Centre and the State Government have started a number of nutrition-related programmes. In three years, around 7.5 crore pregnant women and three crore lactating mothers have been given180 doses of folic acid supplement, to keep them healthy. He said that under the Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan, started in 2016, around three crore women undergo prenatal tests. He said that the Government of India has launched many schemes. Around 8.6 lakh smartphones have been given to Anganwadi and ASHA workers. 18 Ministries have joined hands under a collective campaign to deal with issues related to malnutrition and spreading awareness about the Poshan Abhiyan. Union Home Minister said that the implementation of all schemes is necessary but there is no meaning if these benefits if the beneficiaries remain weak, under-nourished and poor, as in a democracy, an individual is the first and smallest unit.