New Delhi – The Ministry of Women and Child Development will launch a nationwide campaign create nutritional awareness in the country. State level nutritional reviews will be held annually and efforts will be made for district- wise mapping of high malnutritional areas. Briefing the members of the Parliamentary Consultative Committee attached to her Ministry here today, Smt. Renuka Chowdhury, Minister for Women and Child Development said that her Ministry has proposed nutritional education as a part of school curriculum, inclusion of core module on nutrition in the induction training programmes of all the Government officers including Indian Administrative Services. She said that breast-feeding should be recognized as food security for infants and breast-feeding education should be considered as a priority programme like immunization in both health and nutrition sectors.
Expressing concern over prevalence of malnutrition, especially among women and children, Smt. Chowdhury said that the Government is working on a multi-sectoral approach for its prevention and control. Nutritional awareness in the rural and urban slums would be created through the field units of Food and Nutrition Board (FNB) by using local dialects and regional languages. Capacity building and programmes would be run for village workers, Panchayat members and Anganwadi workers. The Ministry of Women and Child Development was also recasting Integrated Child Development Programme and nutrition counseling to take care of supplementary nutrition of children and lactating mothers and now Anganwadi would be sanctioned on demand, she said.
Participating in the meeting, Members of Parliament stressed the need of continuous monitoring of ICDS and other Government’s programmes related with nutritional support and health. They said that district level officers should be made responsible to check incidents of malnutrition in their areas. Member participated in the meeting include: Ms. Priya Dutt, Shri Viplov Thakur, Smt. Supriya Sule, Shri Sriniwas D. Patil, Shri Laxminarayan Sharma, Shri C.K. Chandrappan, Shri P. Satheedevi and Shri S.I. Shervani.