The Government of India launched POSHAN Abhiyaan (Nutrition Mission) on the 8th of March 2018 with the target to reduce the level of stunting, under-nutrition, anemia and low birth weight babies. It is anchored at the Ministry of Women and Child Development. With its multi-sectoral approach it aims to ensure better monitoring, issue alerts for timely action, and encourage States/UTs to perform, guide and supervise the line Ministries and States/UTs to achieve the targeted goals.
The Swasth Bharat Preraks program is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Women and Child Development and the Tata Trusts. It is one of the largest programs supplementing the highest level of bureaucracy through bright young minds from premier management, engineering, and social sciences institutions along with professionals with prior experience of working in the development sector. Their mandate is to support in design, planning, implementation, and monitoring of effective and successful implementation of the Abhiyaan.
The Swasth Bharat Preraks program is designed in the line of the earlier initiative by Tata Trusts known as the Zila Swachh Bharat Preraks Program, which is a joint initiative with the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation to answer the government’s appeal to work towards Swachh Bharat Mission. The idea germinated from the honorable Prime Minister’s vision of the corporate world contributing to nation building by sponsoring young men and women, who work with the District and State level to drive large-scale impact.
Tata Trusts, a legacy of philanthropy rooted in the pioneering vision of Jamsetji Tata, the Founder of the Tata group, has enriched India and its people for more than 100 years.
Tata Trusts are amongst India’s oldest, non-sectarian philanthropic organizations. The Trusts owns two-third of the stock holding of Tata Sons, the apex company of the Tata group of companies. The wealth that accrues from this asset supports an assortment of causes, institutions and individuals in a wide variety of areas. In this manner, the profits that the Tata companies earn go back many times over to the communities they operate in. These funds have been deployed towards a whole range of community development programmes across the country, for over 100 years now.
Since its inception, Tata Trusts have played a pioneering role in transforming traditional ideas of charity and introducing the concept of philanthropy to make a real difference to communities. Through grant-making, direct implementation and co-partnership strategies, the Trusts support and drive innovation in the areas of healthcare and nutrition; water and sanitation; energy; education; rural livelihoods; natural resource management; urban poverty alleviation; enhancing civil society and governance; media, arts, crafts and culture; and diversified employment. The Trusts engage with competent individuals and government bodies, international agencies and like-minded private sector organizations to nurture a self-sustaining eco-system that collectively works across all these areas.
Tata Trusts continue to be guided by the principles of its Founder, Jamsetji Tata. With the Founder’s vision of proactive philanthropy and his approach to ‘giving’, the Trusts catalyze societal development while ensuring that initiatives and interventions have contemporary relevance to the nation. In addition to promoting and facilitating initiatives in elementary education, Tata Trusts also awards fellowships and merit scholarships to students pursuing higher studies. It grooms social scientists, cancer specialists, nuclear scientists, and distinguished institutional administrators, who in turn have striven to make the country a power to reckon with in various fields, including science and technology. The Trusts also support causes and initiatives that provide disaster relief and aids in rescue work in case of calamities. The Trusts not only assist by providing grants and helping to mobilize funds, they also offer on-ground support directly as well as in partnership with other stakeholders.
Today, spread over 17 states and 170 districts across the country, programmes supported by the Trusts reach out to millions of households through an efficient network of 450 plus partner organizations. Additionally, the Trusts’ projects and initiatives, especially in the area of educational attainment, significantly contribute to building intellectual capital in the country.