Nutrition Mission

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The Union Cabinet recently approved the launch of National Nutrition Mission with a target to reduce malnutrition and low birth weight by 2% each year.




About National Nutrition Mission

The core idea behind the mission is to converge all the existing programmes on a single platform.Its implementation strategy will be based on intense monitoring and Convergence Action Plan right up to grass root level.

Under NNM, the ministries of women and child development, health and family welfare, and water and sanitation will work together. The mission will form an apex body that would fix targets and monitor, supervise and guide nutrition-related interventions across the ministries.


i) ICT (information and communications technology)-based real-time monitoring system

ii) incentivizing of states and Union territories to meet their targets

iii)social audits

iv) Setting up of nutrition resource centres.


i)Under the mission, the government is targeting a reduction of 2% a year in stunting, under nutrition and low birth-weight among 100 million people.

ii) It aims to reduce anaemia among young children, women and adolescent girls by 3% a year.

iii)The programme would be undertaken in a phased manner, covering 315 districts in 2017-18, 235 districts in 2018-19 and the remaining districts in 2019-20.


NNM has been set with the total amount of Rs. 9046.17 crore that will be expended for three years commencing from 2017-18.

It will be funded by Government Budgetary Support (50%) and 50% by International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD aka World Bank) or other multilateral development banks.



Source-The Hindu.