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Modi serves 3rd billionth meal to underprivileged children in Vrindavan

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today unveiled a plaque to mark the serving of the 3rd billionth meal by non-governmental organisation (NGO) Akshaya Patra Foundation at Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir here.
 
Modi served the 3rd billionth meal to underprivileged children from schools. He also paid floral tributes at the statue of Srila Prabhupada, the Acharya of ISKCON.
 
Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Akshaya Patra Foundation Chairman Swami Madhu Pandit Dasa were present on the occasion.
 
The Prime Minister, in his speech, lauded the efforts of the Foundation and said the movement that started from serving 1500 children today serves midday meals to 17 lakh children from schools across the country.  
 
He said the Government has given priority to three aspects of health --  nutrition, immunization and cleanliness. The National Nutrition Mission, Mission Indradhanush and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan were the major initiatives in these areas, he said.
 
The National Nutrition Mission was launched last year reflecting its commitment to provide proper nutrition to every mother and children. “If we succeed in delivering nutrition coverage to every mother, every child, many lives will be saved,” he added.
 
Talking about Mission Indradhanush, he said five more vaccines have been added to the national program. So far, 3.40 crore children and 90 lakh pregnant women have been immunized. Mission Indradhanush has been selected as one of the 12 best practices globally by a leading medical journal.
 
About Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and sanitation, he noted that an international report has noted that usage of toilets can help save the lives of three lakh people. 
 
He also highlighted other initiatives of the Government including Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana, Ujjawala Yojana and Rashtriya Gokul Mission. Under Ujjawala Yojana, he said, the Government has provided one crore free gas connections in Uttar Pradesh alone.
 
The Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog was being set up for conservation, protection and development of cows. Highlighting the Government’s efforts to help those engaged in animal husbandry, he said credit of Rs three lakh under the Kisan Credit Card scheme has been extended to them.
 
The PM Kisan Yojana aimed at farmers’ welfare will benefit agriculturists of Uttar Pradesh the most as most of the farmers of this state have landholdings of less than 5 acres.
 
The Akshaya Patra Foundation works closely with the Ministry of Human Resource Development and State Governments to serve quality, hygienic, and nutritious food to millions of children under the midday meal programme.
 
The Foundation has served mid-day meals to 1.76 million children in twelve states covering 14,702 schools. In 2016, Akshaya Patra commemorated the serving of 2 billion cumulative meals in the presence of the then President Pranab Mukherjee. 
 
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