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PM Narendra Modi Says Conducting Bhajans Can Be Part Of the Solutions to Reducing Malnutrition? Fact-Check 

There are rumours circulating that Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that conducting bhajans is one way to help reduce malnutrition in his 92nd episode of “Mann Ki Baat.”

@theliverdr shared the two pictures and compared it with before elections and after elections. The tweet was made on March 30 2024, which has received an about 223.8k views on X.

What is the Actual Truth About this Incident? : Fact

The truth is that this assertion is false and unfounded. “Can you believe that devotional songs can be used to fight malnutrition?” asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This was accomplished successfully in the Datia district of Madhya Pradesh under the ‘Mera Bachcha Abhiyan’. Teachers dubbed “Poshan Gurus” were invited to “Bhajan” gatherings.There was also an organised programme called ‘Matka’ wherein ladies would bring fistfuls of grain to their Anganwadi centres. The grain was utilised to prepare the “Bal Bhoj” on Saturdays. This decreased malnutrition in addition to helping children attend Anganwadi centres more frequently. We visited The Free Press Journal, which published an article on this incident on August 29, 2022 with the headline ” Bhopal: PM’s praise for Datia to reduce malnutrition sends wave of jubilation”. As part of the campaign, the district held bhajan-kirtan programmes, to which teachers—known as nutrition gurus—were also invited.

D-Intent’s Fact-Checking Results:

Intent:

Propagandists are circulating false claims about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Mann Ki Baat’ to set their political narrative and influence the upcoming general elections. News is being circulated claiming that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his 92nd episode of ‘Mann Ki Baat’, had said that conducting bhajans can be part of the solutions to reducing malnutrition. PM Narendra Modi said “Can you believe that devotional songs can be used to fight malnutrition? In Madhya Pradesh’s Datia district, under the ‘Mera Bachcha Abhiyan’, this was successfully done. ‘Bhajan’ events were organized, and teachers dubbed ‘Poshan Gurus’ were invited.A ‘Matka’ program was also organized, in which women brought fistfuls of grain to their Anganwadi centers.

Conclusion:

Fact : PM Narendra Modi said “Can you believe that devotional songs can be used to fight malnutrition? In Madhya Pradesh’s Datia district, under the ‘Mera Bachcha Abhiyan’, this was successfully done. ‘Bhajan’ events were organized, and teachers dubbed ‘Poshan Gurus’ were invited. A ‘Matka’ program was also organized, in which women brought fistfuls of grain to their Anganwadi centers. The grain was used for cooking the Saturday ‘Bal Bhoj.’ This not only helped increase the attendance of children at Anganwadi centers but also reduced malnutrition.

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