Gangtok, March 30th (IPR): The closing ceremony of the Poshan Pakhwada organised by the Social Justice and Welfare Department, Government of Sikkim was held at the conference hall of Samaj Kalyan Bhawan in Lumsey, Gangtok, today.
It may be mentioned here that Poshan Pakhwada is being celebrated as part of Jan Andolan under POSHAN Abhiyaan from 16th to 31st March 2021. However, due to the Municipal Election scheduled to be held on 31st March, the closing ceremony of the State level programme has been preponed to 30th March.
The closing ceremony was chaired by the Secretary, Social Justice and Welfare Department Shri Tshewang Gyachho, in the presence of Principal Director, WCD, Shri Phuchung Bhutia, and Additional Director cum JPC, Poshan Abhiyaan, Smt Normit Lepcha, along with senior officials, CDPOs, ICDS representatives and Anganwadi Workers.
In his brief address, Secretary, Shri Gyachho, urged the participants to maintain consistency for maximum productivity and encouraged all to extend dedication and hard work towards the goals laid by the Poshan Abhiyaan for the welfare of the State as a whole. He also stressed the importance of cleanliness and the availability of proper nutrition for children at the ICDS centres. He further informed the gathering that the department will be working on the provision of school uniforms for children at ICDS centres and will roll out the project at the earliest.
The event also featured the distribution of prize money, certificates and tokens to the Best Anganwadi Centres and Sectors.
The Best Anganwadi Centre Awards were also presented during the programme to Upper Rimbik, Gyalshing Sector-II, Gyalshin(1st position), Sombarie, Lingee, Ravang (2nd position) and Lower Gor, Lower Dzongu(3rd position).
Likewise, the 1st position for the Best Sector Award was secured by Rhenock, Rongli (Supervisor: Smt Jeena Rai) while Lower Dzongu, Dzongu (Supervisor: Smt Aruna Rai) secured the 2nd position.
The Secretary handed over the prize money and certificates to the awardees and congratulated them for their achievement.
The closing ceremony also had the rolling out of the POSHAN Tracker App.
Earlier, the welcome address was delivered by Pr. Director, WCD, Shri Phuchung Bhutia, wherein he highlighted the various activities conducted during the Poshan Pakhwada in the State. This was followed by a PowerPoint presentation delivered by State Nodal Officer, Poshan Pakhwada, Shri James Subba.
The vote of thanks was proposed by Addl. Director cum JPC, Poshan Abhiyaan, Smt Normit Lepcha. POSHAN Abhiyaan is a flagship programme of the Ministry of Women and Child Development. Addressing nutritional challenges through Food Forestry and organizing Poshan Panchayats are the key focus areas for Poshan Pakhwada 2021.