Akhilesh Yadav-led Uttar Pradesh government has been trying to provide better health facilities in the state. A lot of new reforms have been visible in since 2012. From introducing mid-day meals in schools to providing free vaccination, the young CM has truly bought in some life changing initiatives. On 25th November, Akhilesh Yadav launched ‘Samajwadi Namak Yojna’ in ten districts and from today, the iron and iodine infused salt will be available at fair price shops all across the state.
The choice of districts for the initial stage of scheme was based on the number of anaemia cases in children. These included Siddharth Nagar, Sant Kabir Nagar, Faizabad, Mau, Meerut, Farrukhabad, Moradabad, Hamirpur, Etawah, and Auraiya. This scheme is being run in collaboration with the Tata Trust. The 1 Kg salt packets are available at the outlets in Samajwadi Party Colours which says ‘Samajwadi Iron Evam Iodine Mishrit Namak (Samajwadi Iron and Iodine Mixed Salt)’.
“Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav launched Samajwadi Namak Vitran Yojana as a pilot project in 10 districts of UP. Under this, the salt was to be sold at subsidised rates. The districts which had been selected at that stage were based on high incidence of cases of anaemia among children below 5 years of age. Now the scheme will be extended to other districts of UP,” said Agra district civil supplies officer B. K. Shukla.
Low sodium and anaemia are a result of inadequate intake of dietary salt. ‘Samajwadi Namak’ will be available at subsidised rates at fair price shops to those below the poverty line (BPL) and holders of Antyodaya cards. This is in addition to subsidized wheat, rice, and sugar which are already available at ration shops across the state. Under the scheme, the rate of salt for above poverty line (APL) card holders will be Rs. 6 per kg, while BPL and Antyodaya card holders will get the salt at Rs. 3 per kg. Already 46.2 lakh beneficiaries have enrolled their name for the scheme. As many as 60% of the APL card holders are registered as beneficiaries.
Social Samajwadi would like to extend its gratitude to Akhilesh Yadav for thinking even about the most basic yet essential ingredient of life.