Govt committed to improving nutrition outcomes: Smriti Irani

The government is committed towards improving nutrition outcomes in the country and several programmes have been launched to deal with malnutrition, Parliament was told on Friday.

Replying to a question in the Lok Sabha, Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani said that the government has implemented Anganwadi Services, Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana and Scheme for Adolescent Girls under the Integrated Child Development Services Scheme (ICDS) as targeted interventions to address the problem of malnutrition in the country.

Sharing relevant details pertaining to the Global Nutrition Report, she said that several steps have been taken to strengthen nutritional content, delivery, outreach and outcomes with focus on developing practices that nurture health, wellness and immunity.

To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, steps have been taken to improve nutritional quality and testing in accredited labs, strengthen delivery and leverage technology to improve governance, the Minister said.

The Centre has advised states/UTs to ensure that the quality of supplementary nutrition conforms to prescribed standards laid down under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 and regulations under them, she said.

States/UTs have also been advised to promote use of Ayush systems for prevention of diseases related to malnutrition, she added.

A programme to support development of ‘Poshan Vatikas’ at Anganwadi centres to meet dietary diversity gap leveraging traditional knowledge in nutritional practices has also been taken up, Irani added.