Today, on November 24, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi chaired the meeting of 39th edition of PRAGATI. It is the ICT based multi-modal platform for Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation. The meeting involved the Centre and the State governments.
PIB stated that the meeting reviewed nine agenda items. These items included eight projects and one scheme. The eight projects were from the following ministries
- Three projects were from the Ministry of Railways
- Two projects were from the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways
- Two projects were from the Ministry of Power
- One project was from the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas.
Prime Minister @narendramodi chairs the meeting of 39th edition of PRAGATI, the ICT based multi-modal platform for Pro-Active Governance & Timely Implementation, involving Centre and State governments.
— PIB India (@PIB_India) November 24, 2021
According to PIB, the cumulative cost of these eight projects are about Rs. 20,000 crores. Further, they are concerning seven states. Those states are Maharashtra, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. The timely completion of these projects remains a top priority for the Prime Minister to avoid cost overruns.
Furthermore, Mr. Narendra Modi also reviewed POSHAN Abhiyaan. He said that POSHAN Abhiyan should be implemented in mission mode in each state with a whole of government approach. Moreover, he also talked about participation of Self-Help Groups and other local organizations. These organizations can play a vital role in in promoting awareness about children’s health and nutrition at the grassroot level. This in turn will help in improving the reach and uptake of the Abhiyaan.
POSHAN stands for Prime Minister’s Overarching Scheme for Holistic Nourishment. It is the Government of India’s flagship programme. It aims to improve nutritional outcomes for children, pregnant women and lactating mothers. The Government of India launched it on March 8, 2018. The Abhiyaan’s main targets are young children, women and adolescent girls and includes the following goals
- to reduce stunting by 2% per annum among children in the age group 0-6 years
- to reduce under-nutrition by 2% per annum
- also to reduce anemia by 3% per annum
- and reduce low birth weight by 2%
The Government further launched POSHAN 2.0 in 2021 and the month of September is celebrated as nutrition month.