Union Cabinet approves setting up of National Nutrition Mission with INR 9000Cr


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The mission, to be launched in January, will be rolled out in 162 backward districts in six States including Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and Chhatisgarh initially

Posted On:  01 Dec . 2017
Union Cabinet approves setting up of National Nutrition Mission with INR 9000Cr
 

 

The Union Cabinet on Friday approved the National Nutrition Mission to ensure holistic development and adequate nutrition for adolescent girls, pregnant women, mothers and children, official sources said.  

The Ministry for Women and Child Development said the government was committed to ensure that adequate nutrition to every child and pregnant woman and lactating mother and to eliminate malnutrition and stunting. 

The mission results will be visible within a year, if the government remains on the right track, Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi told reporters after the Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 

The Ministry said it had actively leveraged on technology to address malnutrition, including development of software and its implementation in 50,000 anganwadis. 

The Ministry has designed a real-time monitoring system 'ICDS-CAS' to track nutrition goals and anganwadi functionality.  

It said fund allocations were increased to address nutrition needs of children, pregnant women, lactating mothers, and adolescent girls.

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi yesterday has approved setting up of National Nutrition Mission (NNM) with a three year budget of Rs.9046.17 crore commencing from 2017-18.


Features:

1. The NNM, as an apex body, will monitor, supervise, fix targets and guide the nutrition related interventions across the Ministries.

2. The proposal consists of

mapping of various Schemes contributing towards addressing malnutrition

introducing a very robust convergence mechanism

ICT based Real Time Monitoring system

incentivizing States/UTs for meeting the targets

incentivizing Anganwadi Workers (AWWs) for using IT based tools

eliminating registers used by AWWs

introducing measurement of height of children at the Anganwadi Centres (AWCs)

Social Audits

setting-up Nutrition Resource Centres, involving masses through Jan Andolan for their participation on nutrition through various activities, among others. 

 

Major impact:

The programme through the targets will strive to reduce the level of stunting, under-nutrition, anemia and low birth weight babies. It will create synergy, 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. 

Benefits & Coverage: 

More than 10 crore people will be benefitted by this programme.  All the States and districts will be covered in a phased manner i.e. 315 districts in 2017-18, 235 districts in 2018-19 and remaining districts in 2019-20.

Financial Outlay: 

An amount of Rs. 9046.17 crore will be expended for three years commencing from 2017-18. This will be funded by Government Budgetary Support (50%) and 50% by IBRD or other MDB. Government budgetary support would be 60:40 between Centre and States/UTs, 90:10 for NER and Himalayan States and 100% for UTs without legislature. Total Government of India share over a period of three years would be Rs. 2849.54 crore.

Implementation strategy and targets: 

Implementation strategy would be based on intense monitoring and Convergence Action Plan right upto the grass root level. NNM will be rolled out in three phases from 2017-18 to 2019-20. NNM targets to reduce stunting, under-nutrition, anaemia (among young children, women and adolescent girls) and reduce low birth weight by 2%, 2%, 3% and 2% per annum respectively. Although the target to reduce Stunting is atleast 2% p.a., Mission would strive to achieve reduction in Stunting from 38.4% (NFHS-4) to 25% by 2022 (Mission 25 by 2022).

 

News inputs from Khabar India

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