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Monitoring mechanism for schemes to combat malnutrition

This comes close on the heels of deaths of nearly 170 children in Bihar of hypoglycaemic encephalopathy caused by malnutrition

New Delhi: A monitoring and review mechanism to check the performance of several schemes launched to combat malnutrition in children and women has been started by the government, sources said. This comes close on the heels of deaths of nearly 170 children in Bihar of hypoglycaemic encephalopathy caused by malnutrition.

The schemes include Poshan Abhiyaan or national nutrition mission, Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana a maternity benefit programme and Anganwadi Services Scheme.

Sources said the periodic vigil to assess the impact of the national nutrition mission or Poshan Abhiyaan is done by NITI’s technical unit.

[pullquote]With 46.6 million children who are stunted, India tops the list of countries, followed by Nigeria (13.9 million) and Pakistan (10.7 million)[/pullquote]

“A National Nutrition Resource Centre Central Project Monitoring Unit (NNRC CPMU) has been constituted to ensure regular monitoring and review of all sectoral programmes under Poshan Abhiyaan,” a source said.

The authority keeps a watch on PMMVY through web-based Management and Information (MIS) Software, sources said.

An in-built monitoring system has been developed to track the physical progress of the Anganwadi services.

“The scheme is evaluated through various input, output and impact indicators by the MIS,” the source said. “For further strengthening the performance of Anganwadi services, the government has introduced monitoring and review mechanism at different levels at the national, State, district, block and Anganwadi level,” he added.

For monitoring scheme for adolescent girls, committees have been set up at all levels national, State, district, block and village.

The authority keeps a track of the progress of other schemes through meetings and video conferences with the officials of State government.

According to the Global Nutrition Report 2018, India is facing a major malnutrition crisis as it accounts for almost a third of the world’s burden for stunting.

With 46.6 million children who are stunted, India tops the list of countries, followed by Nigeria (13.9 million) and Pakistan (10.7 million), the report had said.

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