Three dists in National Nutrition Mission

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Centre has included Kannur, Malappuram and Wayanadin the first phase of National Nutrition Mission (NNM) that will be launched across the country on March 8. In the first phase, the project is being implemented in 162 districts across eight states. In Kerala, beneficiaries will be mapped through the 7,186 anganwadis in the three districts. While Kannur has 2,504, Malappuram and Wayanad have 3,808 and 874.

The three-year project, implemented on a budget of Rs 9046 crore, aims to reduce nutritional deficiencies in the 0-6 age-group at national level from 38.4% to 25% by 2022. The project, a combined initiative of the ministry of health and family welfare, ministry of rural development and ministry of women and child development, is being implemented on a 60:40 cost sharing basis between Centre and states.

The state is giving final touches to the project on the basis of the Centre’s instruction to the chief secretary. The Centre’s instruction (accessed by TOI) has said that the departments of women and child development, health and rural development should jointly implement the convergent action of various schemes.

Identification of beneficiaries, their details and follow-up actions will be done through information and communication technology-based real-time monitoring system.

Field functionaries, who are anganwadi workers and accredited social health activists, will be given smartphone and tablets, preloaded with application software. Growth-monitoring devices will also be provided in anganwadis, including infantometer, stadiometer, weighing scales for infants and mother and child.

The weights will be recorded every month and the height will be recorded every three months and the software will track underweight kids and stunting. An additional incentive of Rs 500 will also be provided to anganwadi workers for the purpose every month.

The project also aims to reduce the prevalence of anaemia among children, adolescent girls and women (age 15-49 years). The vice-chairperson of NITI Aayog will coordinate the programme at the national level under an umbrella body titled national council on India’s nutritional challenges.

The programme will be a convergence of various programmes under various ministries. Some of them are anganwadi services scheme, Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana, NHM, Swachh Bharat Mission, PDS and MGNREGS.

[ Mar 2, 2018]