PM Narendra Modi’s call for waging a decisive battle to end evils of malnutrition in India- the POSHAN Abhiyaan- launched on 8th March 2018 by the Prime Minister in Jhunjhunu got a shot in the arm with the first National workshop on POSHAN ABHIYAAN on 20 March 2018. Poshan Abhiyaan targets to reduce stunting, under-nutrition, anemia (among young children, women and adolescent girls) and reduce low birth weight by 2%, 2%, 3% and 2% per annum respectively.The target of the mission is to bring down stunting among children in the age group 0-6 years from 38.4% to 25% by 2022.
The Ministry of Women and Child Development conducted first National workshop on POSHAN Abhiyaan involving all the States and Union Territories at Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra, New Delhi. The Ministry organised the day long workshop with participation from all the states/UTs to provide a complete orientation on the POSHAN Abhiyaan,to explain the key components of the Abhiyaan, to provide handholding in using the softwares involved, and to augment the convergence with the different Ministries involved in implementing the Abhiyaan for improved Nutritional outcomes.
Launching the five e-ILA (e-Incremental Learning Approach) courses and two ECCE (Early Childhood Care and Education) software modules, Rakesh Srivastava, Secretary, WCD has said that the Government has approved a 3-year budget of ₹ 9046.15 cr, commencing from 2017-18, for POSHAN Abhiyaan. e-ILA is an online system where programme functionaries will become more effective by learning to plan and execute each task correctly and consistently through methodical and ongoing capacity building. The purpose of the ECCE module is to guide trainers to train Anganwadi Workers so that they are able to plan and conduct appropriate ECE activities.
By synergising frontline functionaries and volunteers like, DAY-NRLM Self help groups, ANMs,Co-operatives, Swasth Bharat Preraks etc., the Ministry is planning to reach 11 crore people and thereby convert the mission into Jan Andolan. Under the Abhiyaan, Swasth Bharat Preraks will be deployed one in each district for coordinating with district officials and enabling fast and efficient execution of the Abhiyaan across the country. Swasth Bharat Preraks would function as catalyst for fast tracking the implementation of the Abhiyaan. By June 2018, 315 Swasth Bharat Preraks are likely to be deployed in 315 districts of Phase I of the POSHAN Abhiyaan.
News Update| 17 April 2018
The mandate of the National Council on India’s Nutritional Challenges is as under: (a) Provide policy directions to address India’s nutritional challenges through coordinated inter-sectoral action, (b) Coordinate and review convergence between Ministries and (c) Review programmes for nutrition on a quarterly basis.