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Andhra Pradesh ranked 1st in the country for overall implementation of POSHAN Abhiyaan

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On March 9, 2020 Andhra Pradesh (AP) ranked 1st in the country for overall implementation of POSHAN( Prime Minister’s Overarching Scheme for Holistic Nourishment) Abhiyaan as per September 2019 progress report of NITI Aayog, “Transforming Nutrition in India: POSHAN Abhiyaan”.The 2nd anniversary of POSHAN Abhiyaan is recognized by celebrating Poshan Pakhwada from  8th-22nd March 2020.Andhra Pradesh ranked 1st in countryOverall Implementation Status of POSHAN Abhiyaan
It is classified under 3 categories &  the following is named according to the position.

Top Position


RankLarge StateSmall StateUT
1Andhra PradeshMizoramDadra & Nagar Haveli
3Madhya PradeshNagalandDaman & Diu


Bottom Position


Large StateSmall StateUT
Karnataka(17)Tripura (6)Andaman & Nicobar (5)
Assam (18)Manipur (7)Delhi (6)
Kerala (19)Goa (8)Lakshadweep (7)


i.Large State (19)-AP, Chhattisgarh,  Madhya Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Rajasthan ,Bihar ,Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Telangana, Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka, Assam, Kerala.

ii.Small State (8)- Mizoram, Sikkim, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Manipur, Goa.

iii.Union Territory(7)- Dadra & Nagar Haveli,Chandigarh, Daman & Diu,Puducherry, Andaman & Nicobar, Delhi, Lakshadweep.

Highlights of AP
As part of the programme it also trained all Angan Wadi Workers on modules created based on lifecycle approach where 1st  1000 days of life, with the support of  incremental learning Approach (ILA)& has given 55,607smartphones to them, to improve delivery service & to report day to day actions, as well as to council the target.

Poshan Pakhwada 2020
The focus area of Poshan Pakhwada 2020 is ‘Men for Nutrition – Increasing Male Engagement in POSHAN Abhiyaan to Improve Nutritional Indicators‘.It aims to reduce malnutrition from the country in a phased manner through the life cycle concept, by adopting a synergized & result-oriented approach.

Tamil Nadu tops in Poshan Abhiyaan’s participants list
Tamil Nadu tops the list of the states in terms of the number of participants in the programme.

POSHAN Abhiyaan
It was launched by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion of the International Women’s Day on 8 March, 2018  Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan. It is India’s flagship programme to direct the attention of the country towards the problem of malnutrition & address it in a mission-mode. It is earlier called as National Nutrition Mission (NNM), since 18th December, 2017.

NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog has played a critical role in shaping the POSHAN Abhiyaan & it is required to submit implementation status reports of POSHAN Abhiyaan every 6 months to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

The goals of POSHAN Abhiyaan 
To achieve improvement in the nutritional status of Children from 0-6 years, Adolescent Girls, Pregnant Women & Lactating Mothers in a time bound manner with fixed targets & aims to bring down stunting of children in the age group of 0-6 years from 38.4% to 25% by the year 2022.

Strategy/Pillars for implementation of the mission are:

  • Inter-sectoral convergence for better service delivery
  • Use of Information & Communication Technology (ICT) for real time growth monitoring & to track women & children
  • Intensified health & nutrition services for first 1000 days
  • Jan Andolan

About AP
Capital- Amaravati
Chief Minister– YS Jagan Mohan Reddy
Governor– Biswa Bhusan Harichandan