Mukhyamantri Suposhan Abhiyaan and an integrated plan of various schemes have been a big success in eliminating malnutrition among children in the state. According to the data obtained from the vazan tihar held in the year 2019, 9 lakh 70 thousand children were malnourished in the state, out of which 67 thousand 889 children have become free from malnutrition as on March 2020. In this way, the number of malnourished children has decreased by 13.79 percent, which is a major victory in the battle against malnutrition. The credit for the significant decline in the rate of malnutrition in such a short span goes to the far-sighted thinking of Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel and his competent leadership.
After the formation of the new government in Chhattisgarh, Chief Minister Mr. Baghel launched this campaign to free the state from malnutrition and anemia, in view of the rate of malnutrition and anemia in women and children in the data of National Family Health Survey-4. According to National Family Survey-4, 37.7 percent of children under the age of 5 years were suffering from malnutrition, and 47 percent of women aged 15 to 49 years were suffering from anemia. As per the data, 9 lakh 70 thousand children were malnourished in the state. Most of these were tribal and children from remote forest areas. These figures were taken as a challenge by the new government and with the concept of ‘malnutrition-free Chhattisgarh’, Chief Minister launched Mukhyamantri Suposhan Abhiyaan across the state from 2 October 2019, on the occasion of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Public participation has been ensured with priority to ensure the success of the campaign.