Imphal: Social Welfare Minister Nemcha Kipgen today informed that the Social Welfare Department, Government of Manipur is distributing Hot Cooked Meal items in the form of ‘Take Home Ration’ through home visits by the Anganwadi Workers. This is to ensure that the beneficiaries are not deprived of the nutritional foods distributed under Supplementary Nutrition Programme during the present total lockdown, she asserted.
It may be mentioned that under Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), the Department of Social Welfare, Government of Manipur has been distributing Hot Cooked Meal items under Supplementary Nutrition Programme to eligible beneficiaries viz. 6 months-6 years children, Pregnant Women and Lactating Mothers as per the guidelines laid down by the Ministry of Women & Child Development, Government of India.
Minister Nemcha stated that as part of precautionary measures to contain/prevent the possible spread of COVID-19 (Novel Corona Virus disease) and the advisory issued by the Ministry of Health, Government of India as well as by the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Manipur, all the Anganwadi Centres remain closed since 20th March, 2020.
Social Welfare Minister Nemcha Kipgen lauded all the Anganwadi functionaries viz. District Programme Officers, Child Development Project Officers, Supervisors, Anganwadi Workers and Helpers for their selfless dedication in fulfilling their duties above all at this point of time. She also stated that they have been directed to wear masks, gloves and maintain social distancing measures during the distribution. During the distribution, geo-tagged photographs and videos are also taken, she added.
Minister further informed that the distribution is undergoing in almost all the Districts of Manipur namely Imphal West, Imphal East, Bishnupur, Thoubal, Kakching, Chandel, Churachandpur, Pherzawl, Kangpokpi and Noney. The remaining districts will be covered at the earliest in due course of time.