Amaravati: Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is moving forward to set the state free of diseases. He has directed the officials concerned to implement a pilot project to provide nutritious food to women and children below six years in tribal and sub-plan areas.

The pilot project would be implemented in 77 tribal and sub-plan mandals in December by providing nutritious food worth Rs 1062 per month to each pregnant woman and also for post-delivery care and by providing YSR Bala Sanjeevini kits which include meals and eggs for 25 days. 2oo ml of milk, 2kgs of wheat flour is given in the first week, half a kg groundnut chikkis in the second week, half a kg of ragi flour and half a kg of jaggery in the third week and half-a-kg of sesame seed and sweetmeats in the fourth week.

Similarly, each child below six years would be provided nutritious food worth Rs 560 each month. Children below six years would be provided nutritious food through Anganwadi centres for 25 days in a month in 77 tribal and sub-plan mandals which would include meals, eggs, 200 ml of milk and other dietary food.

As part of the pilot project, 36 tribal mandals have been identified with one in Srikakulam district, seven in Vizianagaram district, 11 in Visakhapatnam, 11 in East Godavari district and six in West Godavari district.

In total, 41 sub-plan mandals have been identified as part of the pilot project including 19 in Srikakulam, six in Visakhapatnam, four in East Godavari, three in West Godavari, three in Prakasam, three in Kurnool, and three in Guntur district.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister has conducted a review meeting with the officials concerned on the mid-day meal scheme and nutritious food for children. The Chief Minister directed the officials to ensure nutritious food as part of the mid-day meal and also sought suggestions on improving the implementation of the scheme. He also directed the officials to take the advice of experts in the field to improve the implementation of the scheme.

The Chief Minister held another meeting with women and child welfare and education ministers Taneti Banitha, Adimulapu Suresh and other officials. He said the scheme would be expanded to other areas after the implementation of the pilot project.

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