After the resounding success of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Beti Bachao Beti Padhao programme, the Minster of Women & Child Development (WCD) Ministry is now targeting malnutrition shared Maneka Sanjay Gandhi speaking on the occasion the first ever National Conference on “Mission Mode to address Under-Nutrition” in New Delhi on 19 September 2017. The conference was organised by the Ministry of Women & Child Development in collaboration with Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation and Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, keeping in mind the goal of “Mission Malnutrition Free India-2022”.
The conference was inaugurated by the Minster of Women & Child Development, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi in the presence of Minister of State for Women & Child Development, Virendra Kumar. The CEO, NITI Aayog, Amitabh Kant, Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Parameswaran Iyer; Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Rakesh Srivastava and Additional Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Manoj Jhalani also addressed the participants.
For a India free from malnourishment, there is urgent need to improve the quality of supplementary nutrition and also make the delivery system efficient, she added. “We must provide 1000 calories to women and 600 calories to children under ICDS. The focus of the entire programme should be to administer nutrition rather than feeding beneficiaries by giving “Nutrient Dense Food“. A change in policy is required to implement this, ” the Minister said.
The Ministry of Women & Child Development will soon issue new guidelines on supplementary nutrition in this regard in the next few days which will supersede all existing guidelines. Similarly, a separate self contained protocol for severely and acutely malnourished (SAM) children will also be issued shortly. The Minister also highlighted the importance of child protection alongwith nutrition.
Here, the Minister of State for Women and Child Develoment, Virendra Kumar said that today’s consultation is a landmark event. The MoS said that the country has succeded in eliminating several difficult problems like chickenpox, polio etc. and it should not be difficult for the country to overcome the problem of malnutrition. The Deputy Commissioners/District Collectors along with other district level functionaries will have to take responsibility for the mission to eliminate malnutrition by 2022.
CEO, NITI Aayog, Amitabh Kant said that the responsibility of tackling malnutrition lies on the shoulders of Deputy Commissioners/District Collectors who should now make a frontal attack on the problem using a convergence approach as well as with the help of IT tools for real time monitoring.
Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Parameswaran Iyer said the problem of malnutrition is closely linked to the problem of drinking water and sanitation. The Swachh Bharat Mission is trying to achieve the goal of total sanitation which will also contribute to reducing problem of malnutrition. Secretary WCD, Rakesh Srivastava highlighted the issues related to stunting and anemia in India.
Additional Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Manoj Jhalani gave details of the initiatives of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare to promote maternal and child health care.
At the conference, District Collectors/Deputy Commissioners/District Magistrates as well as the District-level officers of Health & Family Welfare, Nutrition (ICDS/SW), Drinking Water & Sanitation Departments in the 113 High Burden Districts along with the Principal Secretaries/Secretaries, in-charge of these three Departments of all States/UTs discussed a multitude of topics relating to stunting, under-nutrition and wasting and the key strategic interventions which are urgently required. Some of the important sessions at today’s conference included efficacy of food fortification, sustainable solution through breast feeding, dietary diversification, improving maternal & child health through Mission Indradhanush, improving program delivery effectiveness, accelerating Real Time Monitoring among others.
Maneka Sanjay Gandhi also gave away awards to three States i.e. Chattisgarh, Arunachal Pradesh and Gujarat for substantial reduction in stunting during the ten year period between NFHS-3 and NFHS-4. She also released a book “Forest Lanterns” containing essays on solutions to improve nutrition among children in tribal areas.
News Update| 20-September, 2017| Cabinet approves increase of cost norms for Supplementary Nutrition provided in Anganwadis and in the Scheme for Adolescent Girls
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved the proposal for revision of cost norms with annual cost indexation for Supplementary Nutrition (SN) for the beneficiaries of Anganwadi Services and Adolescent Girls (out of school 11-14 years) under the Umbrella ICDS Scheme.
This addresses a long standing anomaly and ensures that the changes in norms keeps pace with changes in costs on an annual basis.This follows the decision by the Government to provide cash benefits to pregnant and lactating mothers under the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana, and is part of an intensive effort to improve the nutritional status of women and children.
The revised Supplementary Nutrition cost norms for the beneficiaries of Anganwadi Services and for Adolescent Girls (11-14 years out of school) under the Umbrella ICDS Scheme, as approved by the Government are as under:
|S.No.||Category||Existing Rate Rs./day/beneficiary||Revised Rates
|1||Children (6-72 months)||Rs.6.00||Rs.8.00|
|2||Pregnant Women & Lactating Mothers (PW&LM)||Rs.7.00
|4||Adolescent Girls (11-14 years out of school)||Rs.5.00||Rs.9.50|
The revision of cost norms for SN for beneficiaries of Aanganwadi Services would cost additional expenditure of Rs.9,900 crore and for beneficiaries of Adolescent Girls, it would cost Rs.2,267.18 crore as GoI share for a period from 2017-18 to 2019-20. The revision in the cost norms of SN for the beneficiaries of Anganwadi Services and Adolescent Girls would impact the health and nutritional status of about 11 crore beneficiaries per annum.