Aahaar Kranti :
Union Health Minister, Dr Harsh Vardhan will launch a new mission called `Aahaar Kranti’.
The mission is aimed to spread the message of the need for a nutritionally balanced diet and to understand the importance of accessible to all local fruits and vegetables.
- Vijnana Bharati (Vibha) and Global Indian Scientists’ and Technocrats’ Forum (GIST) have come together to launch the mission with the motto of ‘Good Diet-Good Cognition’.
- The `Aahaar Kranti’ movement is designed to address the problem of `hunger and diseases in abundance’.
- Union Ministry of Science and Technology’s Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)’s Pravasi Bharatiya Academic and Scientific Sampark (Prabhaas) is collaborating, and various central and state government ministries and agencies are involved.
- The programme will focus on training teachers, who, in turn, will pass on the message to the multitudes of students, and through them to their families and finally the society at large. Such a strategy was adopted for the eradication of Polio and it turned out to be a grand success.
- Studies estimate that India produces as much as two times the amount of calories that it consumes.
- However, many in the country are still malnourished.
- The root cause of this strange phenomenon is a lack of nutritional awareness in all sections of our society.
- The United Nations has also declared 2021 as the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables, which vibes very well with Aahaar Kranti. Fruits and vegetables make a large part of a balanced diet.
- Further, UN sustainable goal # 3 emphasizes human well-being reads, “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.”
- This goal too makes Aahaar Kranti more meaningful. Diet and well-being are inseparable partners.