The Union Cabinet has cleared a proposal for implementation of a multi-sectoral plan which would address maternal and child under-nutrition.
The aim and objectives of the programme are:
a) To bring inter-sectoral convergence and coherence in policy, planning and action with core focus on nutrition by including specific pronutrition and nutrition sensitive actions in different programmes / schemes through intensified and sustainable direct targeted interventions.
b) Reduction in levels of anaemia among young children, adolescent girls and women and enhancing the capacities and skills of service providers, care givers, voluntary action groups and communities.
Scope of the programme:
The programme be implemented as a special intervention in 200 high burden districts phase wise:
a) First phase (till year-2 of XII plan): 100 districts selected from 8 EAG states and Assam on the basis of undernutrition, anaemia and under five mortality rates.
b) Second phase (Year-3 onwards): Remaining 100 districts selected from the larger pool of all states/UTs, utilizing available data 2013-14.
Method of selection of the districts:
The selection of worst affected blocks within districts would be done by the District District Nutrition Nutrition Council Council on the basis of
- the district/block level baseline and / or
- findings of any survey / studies on relevant indicators concerning maternal and child undernutrition
Institutional arrangement to implement the programme:
State level: The programme at the state level will be implemented by the State Nutrition Council headed by the Chief Minister. The State Nutrition Council would be assisted by an Executive Committee headed by the Chief Secretary of the State and would comprise of Principal Secretaries / Secretaries of all line departments concerning the Multi-sectoral Programme.
District level: The programme at the district level will be implemented by the District Nutrition Council headed by the concerned District Magistrate and / or CEO Zila Parishad (as applicable in respective states) would provide all necessary technical support in effective implementation, monitoring and supervision of the programme.
Block level: The programme at the block level will be implemented by the Block Nutrition Committee would beset up under the chairpersonship of the Sub Divisional Magistrate / Sub Divisional Officer / Block Development Officer (as may be decided by the concerned State Governments).
The scheme will cost Rs 1,213.19 crore for the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17) as a centrally-sponsored scheme with a centre:state cost sharing ratio of 90:10 for all components in the Northeastern Region States and special category States and 75:25 for other states and Union Territories.