Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that all the departments should work together to eradicate malnutrition and illiteracy besides health related problems. Deendayal Vananchal Seva is a revolutionary step to eliminate problems related to forest area. CM Shri Chouhan was addressing the inaugural programme of Deendayal Vananchal Seva Scheme here today. The scheme has been launched by the forest department with service motto and assistance of forest employees to improve health and literacy level of people dwelling in the remote forest areas.
Shri Chouhan mentioned that joint efforts of departments will help eradicating problem of malnutrition and illiteracy. Better and active efforts are needed to tackle these problems. Changes can be brought by spreading awareness regarding health among the teenager girls. Better result can be obtained if activities are carried out in coordination perceiving basic intention of the scheme.
Minister for Forest Dr. Gaurishankar Shejwar said that this scheme has been prepared keeping in view the integral humanism and Antodaya. Human development is initiated in this. This scheme will strengthen vanvasi to help develop forest. Health related training will be imparted to the women forest guards. Women health check up camp will be organized between 50 forest villages. The forest department will provide help to carry malnourished children to aaganbadis after identification. Work will be conducted in forest villages in coordination of four departments.
Minister for Women and Child Development Smt. Archana Chitnis said that this scheme is a positive initiative of inter-department coordination. The scheme will help eradication problems of forest villages in better ways. The Women and Child Development department will help increase in forestation and forest produce. She suggested that the forest department should prepare scheme to distribute fruits and vegetable plants on the occasion of Deepawali. Moreover, Minister for School Education Shri Vijay Shah said that this scheme is of utmost importance to eradicate malnutrition and better health. He suggested that the forest department should provide land to each aaganbadi and school to produce vegetables and fruits to facilitate children to have nutritious food in the form of fruits and fresh vegetables. Shri Shah further said that meeting of field officers and employees for coordination should be conducted on every Tuesday at Gram Panchayat.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan released scheme’s brochures and health check up module for forest guards in the programme. Additional Chief Secretary Forest Shri Deepak Khandekar, Principal Secretary Health Smt. Gouri Singh, Principal Secretary Women and Child Development Shri J.N. Kansotiya, Principal Secretary ST Welfare Shri Ashok Shah were present in the meeting. Welcome speech was given by the Principal Chief Conservator Forest Dr. Animesh Shukla. Vote of thanks was given by the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest Shri Shahbaz Ahmed. Field Officers of Forest, Health, Women and Child Development and Education departments were present in the programme.