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PM Modi to launch National Nutrition Mission next month


Press Trust of India New Delhi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the National Nutrition Mission (NNM) in Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan on March 8, the International Women's Day, according to a government official.

In December last year, the Cabinet approved the NNM with a budget of Rs 9,046.17 till 2020, and the government aims make the benefit of this mission reach 10 crore people.

The mission has a target to reduce under-nutrition and low birth weight by 2 per cent each per annum.

It also aims to bring down anaemia among young children, women and adolescent girls by 3 per cent per year until 2020 as well as strive to reduce the prevalence of stunting from the current level of 38.4 per cent (according to the National Family Health Survey 4) to 25 per cent by 2022.

The International Bank of Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) or another multilateral development bank will contribute 50 per cent of the total budgetary allocation. The rest will be shared between the states and the Centre in 60:40 ratio.

The total contribution of the Centre will be Rs 2,849.54 crore and nearly Rs 1,700 crore will be contributed by the state governments.

Fund allocation for National Nutrition Mission in the Union Budget for the next fiscal has seen a threefold increase from Rs 950 crore last year to Rs 3,000 crore.

The prime minister will also be inaugurating the pan-India expansion of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao programme, up from the existing 161 districts to 640 districts in the country.

Last year, the cabinet had okayed focused multi-sectoral action under the BBBP programme in 405 districts and advocacy and media campaign in all 640 districts.

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First Published: Feb 26 2018 | 8:20 PM IST

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