Government launches National Nutrition Mission

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched National Nutrition Mission (NMM) at event held at Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan on the occasion of International Women’s Day. NNM is comprehensive approach towards raising nutrition level in country on a war footing.

National Nutrition Mission (NMM)

NNM is an apex body under Ministry of Women and Child Development to monitor, supervise, fix targets and guide nutrition related interventions across Ministries. It will monitor various schemes contributing towards addressing malnutrition.

It comprises mapping of various schemes contributing towards addressing malnutrition, incentivizing states/UTs for meeting targets, incentivizing Anganwadi Workers (AWWs) for using IT based tools, eliminating registers used by AWWs and introducing measurement of height of children at Anganwadi Centres (AWCs).

It will also comprise social audits, setting-up Nutrition Resource Centres and involving masses through Jan Andolan for their participation on nutrition through various activities, among others. The mission has been set up with a three year budget of Rs. 9046.17 crore commencing from 2017-18.

The mission targets to reduce stunting, under-nutrition, anaemia among young children, women and adolescent girls and reduce low birth weight by at least 2% per annum. Though target to reduce stunting is at least 2% annum, the mission will strive to achieve reduction in stunting from 38.4% (NFHS-4) to 25% by 2022.

More than 10 crore people are expected to be benefitted by programme. It will cover all states and districts in phased manner. 315 districts will be covered in 2017-18 and 235 districts in 2018-19, remaining districts will be covered in 2019-20.

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