GOVT OF INDIA LAUNCHES NATIONAL NUTRITION MISSION (NNM)

The Central Government of India has approved the launch of the National Nutrition Mission (NNM) to tackle problems of under-nutrition, low birth weight and stunting, with a budget of Rs.9046/- crore for three years.

The Mission, commencing 2017-2018, will look to reduce under nutrition and low birth weight by 2% each year. It will strive to achieve a reduction in stunting from the current 38.4% according to the National Family Health Survey to 25% by 2022. It also aims at bringing down anemia among young children, women and adolescent girls by 3% each year.

More than 10 crore people will benefit from the programme. At the heart of the mission is the use of technology to monitor the implementation of the scheme as well as to check pilferage in distribution of supplementary nutrition at anganwadis under the Integrated Child Development Scheme, according to statement.