Shillong(Meghalaya) , June 14 : Alarmed at the prospect of cutting down of Supplementary Nutrition Programme allocation to 10 % only by Ministry of Women and Child Development, due to the poor Aadhar seeding of pregnant and lactating women and infants and children from 0-6 years in the State – Social Welfare Department launched an Aadhar saturation campaign to enrol and seed all eligible beneficiaries whose Aadhar seeding would reflected in the POSHAN tracker and who would receive Supplementary Nutrition in Anganwadi Centres.
The campaign which was launched less than a month ago has achieved spectacular results with State figures of Aadhar seeded beneficiaries rising from 13 % from the start of the campaign to 78.21 % as of today.
Garo Hills districts have performed commendably in spite of the hot and humid weather and power outages showing nothing is impossible where there is grit and determination. Three districts from Garo Hills have breached 95 % Aadhar saturation mark and two are in and around 90 % . Jaintia Hills districts and Ri Bhoi have also done well.
Khasi Hills districts have covered ground but not enough, especially South West Khasi Hills and West Khasi Hills. The total State Aadhar seeded ICDS beneficiaries are now 78.21 % out of 4.45 lakh total beneficiaries.
The Deputy Commissioners of all districts have deployed innovative strategies and ideas to resolve issues and motivate their staff.
In a press statement, the Social Welfare Department has extended congratulations to all Deputy Commissioners and Social Welfare Department officers, DPOs of ICDS , CDPOs and Anganwadi Workers and Helpers for putting in remarkable efforts in this campaign which had a clarion call “No Aadhar Saturation , No Rest”. Principal Secretary Social Welfare Sampath Kumar IAS has assured that all special efforts will be acknowledged and rewarded.