Nutrition is an essential aspect of a child’s growth. Quite often, however, because of financial constraints, households in India are unable to provide their children with the right nutrition at an early age. This may lead to difficulties when the child grows up to be an adult, and health complications due to malnourishment may just be too late to work on. In Rajasthan, the state government has realised that the financial conditions of several households lead to under-nourished children which is not an ideal situation. In order to tackle the problem, the Rajasthan government has come up with an interesting solution – Rajasthan Annapurna Doodh Yojana 2021.
About the Rajasthan Annapurna Doodh yojana 2021
To meet the nutritional needs of the people of Rajasthan, the state government has launched the Annapurna Milk scheme – an attempt to help families offer top-notch nutrition to their children in the most cost-effective manner possible. As the tradition goes, milk is considered to be a liquid meal in itself and contains several nutritional benefits, which is why it has remained to be a major component of the Indian diet for centuries now.
The Rajasthan government has launched the Annapurna Doodh yojana which is said to benefit roughly about 62 lakh children studying in various government schools and Madrasas of the state.
Under the implementation of the scheme, each student up to Class 8th gets fresh, pure and nutritious milk for three days a week. This is a major initiative of the state government towards the happy and healthy future of the state.
This scheme will be implemented alongside the Mid Day Meal scheme. Through this scheme, the government aims to focus on making children of the state overall healthier so that they lead better futures. Better physical health also largely contributes to academic success and ensures a brighter future for individuals.
Salient features of the Annapurna Doodh yojana
Milk has several health benefits and the implementation of the scheme across the state ensures the following:
- Improvement in bone strength, better and smoother skin and a stronger immune system
- Prevention of hypertension, dental decay, dehydration, respiratory issues in the long run
- Other benefits of milk consumption include prevention from obesity – which is a modern problem in India – and other issues like osteoporosis and even certain forms of cancer
- Milk is essential for the overall growth of the human body and protects the individual from the onset of chronic ailments
The scheme aims to reach out to as many children in the state as possible. Out of the 85 lakh students studying in around 80,000 government schools in Rajasthan, around 62 lakh students would be benefitting from the implementation of the scheme.
Students up to the 8th Grade will get milk thrice a week, free of cost.
School management committees will be responsible for the distribution of milk to the students on a regular basis. Through the implementation of this scheme, students in Rajasthan will now receive the gift of good health; something that is quite their birthright.