Modalities to strengthen nutritional mechanism for women & children discussed
BY OUR STAFF REPORTER
GUWAHATI, April 20: Union Cabinet Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi met Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in the latter’s office chamber in Janata Bhawan on Thursday, and discussed with him issues on women and child nutrition and animal protection.
Vowing to bring the country’s nutrition scheme on track in Assam, the Union Minister and the Chief Minister discussed modalities to strengthen nutritional mechanism for women and children, and provide nutritional food sachets in schools and other centres where women and children come and assemble.
Giving an overview of the State government’s initiatives in providing meals in schools and anganwadi centres, Sonowal said that his government is fully committed to implement nutritional food sachets schemes in letter and spirit to ensure nutrition to women and children in the State. He also hoped that once the scheme is fully implemented in the State, malnutrition will become a thing of the past.
The Union Minister also hailed the State government’s role in the conservation of rhinos and other endangered species in national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. The duo also discussed the constitution of an Animal Welfare Board in Assam and Sonowal said that all modalities are being framed to constitute the board.
Minister of State (independent charge) for Social Welfare Naba Kumar Doley, Chief Minister’s Media and Legal Advisors Hrishikesh Goswami and Santanu Bharali, Chief Secretary VK Pipersenia, Additional Chief Secretary Ravi Capoor, Commissioner and Secretary to the Chief Minister Sanjay Lohiya and other senior officers of the administration were present at the meeting.