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Chief Minister inaugurates Rs.55-crore Take Home Ration-Nutritious Plant at Surat

    Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani today inaugurated the Take Home Ration-Supplementary Nutritious Food Plant built by Sumul Dairy at a cost of Rs.55-crore at Chalthan in Surat.

    Speaking on the occasion, he reiterated the government’s commitment to make the next generation – infants in the age group of 0-6, lactating mothers and girl child – free from malnutrition. Malnutrition is a blot on the society. The government has allotted an annual budget of Rs.2,800-crore to fight malnutrition, planned to be extended to farmers, tribal, seafarers, dalits, oppressed, have-nots with the mantra of ‘sauno saath; sauno vikas (inclusive growth through collective efforts).

    He said that the plant is being inaugurated on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 68th birthday today. It was his resolve to erase malnutrition with the help of Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation jointly with district co-operative milk unions, the anganwadi workers being the last link to reach out to the target groups. It was Mr. Modi’s dream to ensure the rivers of milk and ghee flowed in Gujarat.

    Mr. Rupani said the present sorry state of animal husbandry and dairy industry is due to the Congress rulers’ neglecting the sector in the past, rather attempting to strangulate its growth.

    He distributed saplings of tulsi plant to 68,000 primary members of Sumul dairy. He presented cheques and assistance to beneficiaries of Vajpayee Bankable Yojna.

    He presented a cheque of Rs.68-lakh to Asian Games gold medallist Sarita Gayakwad handed over her appointment letter the Gujarat Government’s brand ambassador for its Nutrition Mission. Reciprocating, she said she would make every effort to live up to the expectations from her.

    The Chief Minister, accompanied by Child & Women’s Welfare Minister Ganpatsinh Vasava, Minister of State for Sports Ishwarsinh Patel and Minister of State for Health Kishorebhai Kanani and Sumul Dairy Chairman Rajubhai Pathak, flagged off a Nutritious Food Van on the occasion.

    Mr. Ganpatsinh Vasava said the mission entails sending 16,000 Metric Tonnes of nutritious food to 42 lakh people in 11 predominantly tribal districts. This is besides 125 crores milk being supplied to schools and Anganwadis, 108 Service and 181 Abhayam.

    Member of Parliament from Mandvi Prafulbhai Vasava, Banas Dairy Chairman Shankarbhai Chaudhry, Sumul Dairy Chairman Rajubhai Pathak, also spoke on the occasion.

    Those present on the occasion included GCMMF Chairman Ramsinhbhai, MPs C.R. Patil and Darshanaben Jardosh, Sumul Vice-Chairman Ritesh Vasava, MLAs Harsh Sanghvi V.D. Zalavadia, Mukeshbhai Patel, Zankhanaben Patel and Sangitaben Patil, Mohanbhai Dodia, Collector Dhaval Patel, DDO D. K. Parekh, and co-operative leaders.


    Source: Information Department, Gujarat