When IAS officers help carry Govt. Initiatives: Poshan Maah Update
The Barak Valley of Assam isn’t the easiest posting for officers of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS). So, when Keerthi Jalli, a 2013-batch IAS officer, took over as Deputy Commissioner in January 2019, she was quite literally entering the lion’s den.
The Government under the leadership of Sarbananda Sonowal had launched the "Poshan Maah" inititative, meant to improve nutritional status of children up to 6 years, adolescent girls, pregnant women and lactating mothers to achieve specific targets for reduction in low birth weight babies, stunting growth, undernutrition and prevalence of anemia over next three years.
But this time in the valley, during Poshan Maah, when Anganwadi workers visited households and talked about nutrition with the parents, our IAS officer, Jalli was also on the ground.
In this exercise, she asked mothers to come forward and make these amla gur candies.
It’s a very simple recipe, but very tasty with ingredients found locally. Amla is a major source of Vitamin C, which offers better immunity. Alongside amla, we are using black gur, highly rich in iron. This experiment has taken off with families coming up with different recipes to make the amla gur candies.
Nutrition levels have honestly changed in the state, and now it’s been more than a year since she was posted here. She has brought in real energy and spirit into the district. On an administrative level, for example, doctors are now regularly attending to their patients not only out of fear, but a genuine desire to change. Practically, it will take time for these changes to take effect on the ground, but in another five or six months people, we will see it for sure. We have seen genuine public participation in her initiatives with thousands thronging for them. The people indeed feel that change is coming.
We, at ManuheManuhorbabe are proud of the kind of initative that young people are taking up, to suport the government. For more updates, follow @ManuheManuhorbabe1 on Twitter and on Facebook.