Tuesday, 31 July 2012

The New Nutrition Mission by UPA Government

The UPA government, which has been critical of its own 'deficiencies' in tacking nutritional challenges, has chalked out a plan to meet the food requirement of over eight crore children in the country.

"The government plans to convert the existing 'ineffective' Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) into a national mission, which would target eight crore children in the age group of 0-6 years, mostly under two years, in 14 lakh anganwadis," a top government official said.
The idea has been mooted by the women and child development ministry on the lines of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and Sarva Sikhsha Abhiyan.
The 'nutrition mission' would come with an enhanced budgetary allocation, increasing the daily nutritional entitlement to Rs.7 per child from the existing Rs.4. India accounts for one-third of the world's undernourished children even though there are at least eight national programmes committed to improving the nutritional standards.
The 'nutrition mission' aims to strengthen the ICDS by linking it with local health departments and create infrastructure as more than half of the country's anganwadis don't even have proper buildings.
source:http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/malnutrition-children-centre-upa-children-welfare-schemes/1/210904.html

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