Centre gets $200 million WB loan for nutrition scheme

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New Delhi, May 7 (IANS) The Centre on Monday said that the World Bank had approved a $ 200-million loan for implementing the National Nutrition Mission.

“The loan approved on Monday will support the mission in 315 districts across all states and union territories. It will help achieve the goal of reducing stunting in children in the 0-6 age group from 38.4 per cent to 25 per cent by 2022,” a Women and Child Development Ministry statement said.

The scheme will also ensure convergence of all nutrition-related schemes and provide performance-based incentives to states and community nutrition and health workers, facilitating a focus on results.

Focussing on improvement in coverage and quality of Integrated Child Development Services’ nutrition services to pregnant/nursing women as well as children under the age of three.

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The scheme was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in March from Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan.

A team has been formed on ‘Poshan Abhiyaan’, an apex body to formulate overall policies, guide and monitor all nutrition-based schemes, which will submit its report to the government every six months.

–IANS

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