Monday, 23 May 2011

MALNUTRITION: India: Legislators to be on panel monitoring anganwadis

Himanshi Dhawan, May 18, 2011,
NEW DELHI: Faced with complaints of poorly run anganwadis and rising malnutrition indices in children below six years, the government has sought political help. The ministry of women and child development has introduced a state-level monitoring committee that will include MPs and MLAs as members. The state committee will be chaired by the chief secretary and include other officials associated with the Integrated Child Development Scheme.
The move comes at a time when the PM's Nutrition Council is monitoring the progress in revamping of one of the oldest food programmes targeting children. With about 70% children under five years suffering from anaemia and nearly 50% affected by malnutrition, the government has been shaken out of its complacency to take drastic steps in its intervention. The PM's council will hold its next meeting on May 20.
WCD minister Krishna Tirath said, "There was a demand from MPs and MLAs for structured monitoring of the nutrition programme. We felt that the five-tiered review will be in keeping with nutrition gaining centrestage in national consciousness.''

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