New guidelines on supplementary nutrition on the cards: Maneka

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 20, 2017

The new guidelines will supersede all existing ones, Gandhi said at the national conference "Mission Mode to address Under-Nutrition" on Tuesday.

"After the resounding success of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Beti Bachao Beti Padhao programme, the women and child development ministry is now targeting malnutrition".

"I want to bring about a complete change in supplementary nutrition".

She said, "We had a meeting with the HRD Minister and we have suggested certain things".

Ms Gandhi also released the book "Forest Lanterns" about nourishing India's tribal children onthe occasion. We should stop thinking of it as giving food.

Indian federal government has made a decision to form an inter-ministerial committee to monitor implementation of safety measures in schools across the country, officials said Tuesday.

"Similarly, a separate self contained protocol for severely and acutely malnourished (SAM) children will also be issued shortly", she added.

The conference was attended by district collectors, deputy commissioners, district magistrates and district-level officers of health & family welfare, nutrition, drinking water & sanitation departments in the 113 high burden districts, besides principal secretaries, and secretaries of all states and union territories. For this, her ministry would issue new guidelines on supplementary nutrition in the next few days.

Minister of State for WCD, Virendra Kumar, said: "The country has succeeded in eliminating several hard problems like chickenpox and polio and thus it should not be hard to overcome the problem of malnutrition".

Drinking Water and Sanitation Secretary Paramesewaran Iyer expressed concern over lack of sanitation costs in India.

"The Swachh Bharat Mission is trying to achieve the goal of total sanitation which will also contribute to reducing malnutrition", he said.

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